Independent Candidate May Challenge Chris Gaines in November

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DAWSON COUNTY, Ga. — A retired U.S. Army Major and veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is attempting to get on the November ballot as an Independent to run for the District 2 seat on the Dawson County Board of Commissioners.

Robert Wiley is currently a junior ROTC instructor at Dawson County High School. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Indiana, a Masters Degree in Public Administration From Weber University and is working on his PhD.

Wiley said he is a Republican but chose not to run in the General Primary election because he was working on his doctorate at the time.

In order to qualify, Wiley will need 5 percent of registered voters (approximately 661) to sign a petition by July 1. The petition will then have to be verified by the county’s elections office. Wiley said he has more than 400 signatures now.

Chris Gaines won the primary, beating Tim Davis by 91 votes last month.

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