Qualification is beginning for those planning to run for local offices in 2016. Due to the earlier March 1 presidential primary, qualifying is earlier than usual.

Local offices open for election will be Randolph County superintendent of education now held by Rance Kirby; all five county commission seats now held by District I Terry Lovvorn, District 2 Larry Roberts, District 3 Mike Hester, District 4 Richard Fetner and District 5 Lathonia Wright, and county school board seats held by Tammy Farr (Seat 5) and Jerry Walker (Seat 7).

The Randolph County Democratic Executive Committee met Thursday, Sept. 10, and set qualifying to open Sept. 14 and close by 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6.

David Meddick, Democratic Executive Committee chairman, said he would be in the Randolph County Commission office Thursday, Sept. 17, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. for those wanting to qualify. Anyone wanting to qualify can call him at 256-276-0400 and he will meet with them. Those qualifying must pay 2 percent or less of the position's salary to qualify.

Meddick said anyone interested in qualifying should contact him.

The executive committee is meeting Thursday, Oct. 8, at 6 p.m. at Wedowee City Hall. Anyone interested in participating in elections is encouraged to attend, he said.

Sid Hare, Randolph County Republican Executive Committee chairman, said they voted unanimously Tuesday night, Sept. 8, to adopt all provisions of the Alabama Republican Party 2016 Primary Resolution.

That resolution fixes the filing dates for the March 1, 2016 primary for all persons desiring to be elected as the nominee of the Republican Party to a county office defined in Section 17-13-5 of the code of Alabama of 1975. Each person seeking the Republican nomination must file a declaration of candidacy supplied by Hare between 8:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 5, and 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, and pay a qualifying fee established by the county executive committee. Candidates must pay up to 2 percent of the salary. Fees remain the same as the last election and will be published at a later date, Hare said. To qualify call Sid Hare at 334-646-0108.

The Republican meetings are held the second Tuesday of every month. The next one will be Tuesday, Oct. 13. All Republicans planning to run should meet at Sunny's Home Cooking at 6 p.m. After eating the meeting will begin at 7 p.m.

The most detailed qualification requirements are for superintendent of education. The others require you be a certain age, live in the county or district a certain period of time, and be a registered voter. Those requirements can be found on the Secretary of State website.

The site says the county superintendent shall be chosen for his general fitness and character and be a person of recognized ability as a school administrator. No person shall be eligible for appointment by any county board of education or for any political party nomination, or for election to the office of county superintendent of education unless such person:

(1) holds an Alabama certificate in administration and supervision based upon requirements established by the State Board of Education;

(2) has had not less than five years of experience in public school work at the time he assumes office;

(3) submits proof to the State Superintendent of Education of three years of successful educational experience as a teacher, principal, supervisor, superintendent, educational administrator or instructor in school administration during the five years preceding

(4) submits proof to the county board of education of a degree from a recognized four-year college or university; and

(5) if appointed by the county board of education, submits proof to the county board that he is knowledgeable in school administration.