Qalifying is closed and Walton County BOC Districts 4 and 5 both have 3 seeking the seat

Qualifying is closed and the races have been set for the May 24 Primary Election

Qualifying for the Walton County Board of Commissioners and Board of Education posts closed at noon Friday leaving the seats secure for the three BOE members with just incumbent members Simoan Capers Baker (D), Karen Brown (R) and Thomas Gibson (R) in Districts 1, 2 and 5 subsequently qualifying unopposed.

Likewise, incumbent District 1 Commissioner Bo Warren qualified unopposed for his District 1 seat on the BOC. Not so for current Commissioner Lee Bradford in District 4 and Commissioner Jeremy Adams in District 5. They both have more than one challenger. Bradford has challenges from Republicans Kevin Kelly and Jamie McCord for the Primary Election in May. Adams gets to face off with fellow Republican Laurie Hawks in May and the winner will face Democrat Adrienne Dowdy Odum in the General Election in November.

The following is a list of the qualified candidates.

County Commissioner, District 1——- $234.74 – Incumbent – Bo Warren

  • Incumbent Bo Warren (R) qualified March 7

County Commissioner, District 4——- $234.74 – Incumbent – Lee Bradford

  • Incumbent Lee Bradford (R) qualified March 7
  • Kevin Kelly (R) qualified March 11
  • Jamie McCord (R) Qualified March 10

County Commissioner, District 5——- $234.74 – Incumbent – Jeremy Adams

  • Lauri Hawks (R) qualified March 7
  • Incumbent Jeremy Adams (R) qualified March 8
  • Adrienne N Dowdy Odum (D) qualified March 11

Board of Education, District 1———–$121.48 – Incumbent – Simoan Capers Baker

  • Incumbent Simoan Capers Baker (D) qualified March 10

Board of Education, District 2———- $121.48 – Incumbent – Karen Brown

  • Incumbent Karen Brown (R) qualified March 7

Board of Education, District 5———- $121.48 – Incumbent – Thomas Gibson

  • Incumbent Thomas Gibson (R) qualified March 7


On Tuesday, March 8, incumbent Walton County District 5 Commissioner Jeremy Adams (Republican) qualified to run for re-election for his seat, setting up a contested race for the Republican Primary between he and political newcomer Laurie Hawks.


In the first day of qualifying in the 2022 Primary Elections for the Walton County Board of Commissioners and Board of Education there were only Republicans signing up so far. In the BOC races, incumbent commissioners Bo Warren and Lee Bradford qualified to defend their seats and Lori Hawks qualified to challenger incumbent Jeremy Adams for his District 5 seat.

In the BOE races, incumbent BOE members Karen Brown and Thomas Gibson qualified for District 2 and 5 respectively. Qualifying runs until noon on Friday, March 11, 2022.

Initial Story

Qualifying begins Monday for the Walton County Board of Commissioners and Board of Elections for the Primary Elections be held on May 24, 2022.

Qualifying will take place in the Walton County Board of Elections office, located at 1110 E Spring St, Suite 100 in Monroe. It begins at 9 a.m. on Monday, March 7, 2022 and ends at noon on Friday, March 11, 2022. The General Primary will be held on May 24, 2022 and the General Election will be held on Nov. 8, 2022.

The following qualifying fees have been set and approved by the Walton County Board of Commissioners. The names in bold below give the names of candidates who have qualified to date.

Qualifying takes place at the same time in Atlanta for the state and federal General Primary for the midterm elections on May 24, 2022. The General Election will take place on Nov. 8, 2022.

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