Qualifying in a November special election to fill the council seat vacated by acting Mayor Ollie Clemons in Austell continues through Friday, according to the Cobb County Board of Elections & Registration.

Qualifying began Wednesday. Those who wish to enter the race must do so Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Qualifying is held in the conference room at 5000 Austell-Powder Springs Road, Suite 107, Austell.

Through Thursday afternoon, two candidates, Melanie Maria Elder and Sarah Shurden, have qualified to run for the Austell City Council, Post 1 at-large seat, according to the elections office.

Clemons was sworn in as acting mayor on July 1, taking over for longtime Mayor Joe Jerkins. Jerkins resigned from the position after 30 years of service.

Clemons’ term as acting mayor is set to expire in December. He vacated his Post 1 council seat when he qualified to officially run for mayor two weeks ago, said Janine Eveler, director of the Cobb elections office.

This year’s special election will be Nov. 5 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Austell Community Center (Collar Park), 2625 Joe Jerkins Boulevard.

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