Two candidates for the new Macon-Bibb County Commission withdrew from the race prior to the noon deadline Wednesday.
Elections Supervisor Jeanette Watson said Celeste Queen withdrew from the District 7 commisson contest and Danny Glover dropped out of the District 3 race.
Glover announced his withdrawal in May, Watson said, but he didn't file his formal withdrawal notice until Tuesday. She said Queen withdrew last week.
Candidates wanting out of their races had to withdraw by noon Wednesday to get their qualification fees returned. For commission candidates, the fee was $400.
The election was originally set for July 16. But it was cancelled when the U.S. Department of Justice wanted more information on some voting changes.
That request ended when the U.S. Supreme Court declared unconstitutional part of the Voting Rights Act that required Justice Department approval of changes in several states including Georgia.
Mallory Jones, a candidate for the District 4 commission seat, filed a federal lawsuit against the board of elections, asking the court to set Sept. 17 as the new date for non-partisan elections.
U.S. District Judge Ashley Royal signed a consent agreement establishing Sept. 17 as the date and the elections as non-partisan.
Meanwhile, Watson said qualifying for the Sept. 17 mayoral and commission races will be held from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. next week on Monday and Tuesday. It'll also be held from 9 a.m. until noon Wednesday.
Candidates who qualified earlier won't have to qualify again, Watson said. But she said they will have to complete a new affidavit.
The qualifying fee for mayoral candidates is $3,000. It's $400 for commission hopefuls.