Sunday October 13th, 2019 7:20PM

Qualifying ends with 4 contested local races in Hall County

Hall County voters will have choices in four out of seven local races on the ballot in the 2018 election cycle, three of those with Republicans facing off in the May 22 primary.
Qualifying, the paperwork and fee process candidates go through to run, wrapped up at noon Friday.
Both Hall County Commission seats that are up for grabs drew more than one candidate, according to the Hall County Election's Office.
In District 1, which covers the south end of the county, incumbent Kathy Cooper drew a Republican Primary opponent in security consultant George Thorndyke of Flowery Branch. The winner will face Democrat Michael Parker of Flowery Branch.
District 3 Republican incumbent Scott Gibbs will square off with Shelly Echols, a human resources director, in the primary.  The winner will be unopposed in November.
In Hall County Board of Education races, current at-large member Bill Thompson, a Republican, will have Democrat opposition in November. Stephanie Lopez-Burgos, a senior customer service representative from Flowery Branch, signed up to run.
In south Hall County's Post 2, Gina London Pilcher and Mark Pettitt will face off in the GOP Primary.  Democrat William Wallace, a security officer who lives in Braselton, will take on the Republican Primary winner in November. Current Post 2 school board member Brian Sloan earlier announced he would not seek re-election.
Sam Chapman, the Post 1 Republican incumbent on the board, drew no challengers and will remain in the office that generally represents east Hall County. 
On the law and court front, Hall County Solicitor General Stephanie Woodard will remain in office. The Republican drew no challengers.
Also, incumbent Hall County State Court Judge Larry Baldwin drew no opposition for the non-partisan office.
Qualifying information for all federal, state and county offices is available on the Georgia Secretary of State's Office website.
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