Ideally, our elected officials enter office with the humble heart of a servant, ready to serve our community.

Ask any elected official and they’ll tell you holding an elected office is not easy and not always pleasant.

But it’s an important part of our political system.

It’s the bedrock of the country. The right to vote, the right to run, the right to elect the person you think will best serve the people.

This week is qualifying week.

If you want to serve your fellow Tifton, Omega and Ty Ty residents, consider qualifying.

Here’s the pertinent information about qualifying.

Qualifying will begin Monday, Aug. 19 at 8:30 a.m. and will run until Friday, Aug. 23 at 4:30 p.m.

Anyone wishing to run for a local elected office must be at least 21 years of age, must have lived in the city limits for at least 12 months and must live in the district for which they are running.

Several local offices are up for election.

Tifton will be holding elections for the office of mayor and for two council seats (District 2 and District 4).

Anyone wishing to run for any of the seats will need to visit the city clerk’s office in Tifton City Hall, located at 130 E. 1st St., fill out the qualifying packet and pay the fee, which is $288 for mayor and $207 for the council seats.

Three Ty Ty city council seats are up for election this year: Council Post 1, Council Post 3 and Council Post 5.

Qualifying will run Aug. 19 through Aug. 23 during normal business hours. Those wishing to run for an elected office will need to visit the city clerk’s office, located at 141 East Elman St., Ty Ty, fill out notice of candidacy and pay a $54 fee.

Omega has two seats up for election: the office of mayor and the city council seat for Post 5.

Anyone wishing to run for office will need to go to the city clerk’s office in city hall, located at 5518 Alabama Ave. in to fill out paperwork and pay the qualifying fee. The fee for mayor is $100.70 and the fee for the council seat $37.68.

The election will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 5.

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