Municipal elections open, six qualify within first two days

Published 9:51 pm Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Municipal qualifying to run for a city council seat in Decatur County began Monday, and six people have already qualified.

In the City of Bainbridge, District A, Post 4 seat occupant Luther Conyers, Jr., District B, Post 5 seat occupant Roslyn Palmer and District B, Post 6 seat occupant Don Whaley are all up for reelection.

The qualifying fee for these seats is $90

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As of Tuesday, Palmer and Whaley have qualified for their seats. Kregg Close, a local mortician, and Olive S. Wedderburn, an executive director for a non-profit organization, have qualified for District A, Post 4.

In the City of Attapulgus, the mayor and all four seats are up for reelection. All officials are elected to a four-year term. The qualifying fee for Mayor is $35 and for a Council seat is $18.

As of Tuesday, incumbent Mayor Johnny Medley and George Robert Ward have qualified for their seats.

In the Town of Brinson, the Mayor seat, occupied by James Earp, Post 1, occupied by Jesse Powell, and Post 3, occupied by Joe H. Belvin, are up for reelection. Each member is elected at large, but candidates must declare which posts they are running for and mayor qualifiers must declare they are running for mayor. They elected by plurality. The qualifying fee for Mayor is $72 and $43.20 for Council seats.

In the City of Climax, two council seats held by incumbents Vanessa Martin and Bob Jones are up for election. The one with the most votes will also be announced as Mayor Pro-Tem. The qualifying fee is $20.

Among some of the qualifications for running for office in those municipalities are you must be a registered voter and you must be a resident of the city or within the district that you intend to run in.

Qualifying will run until Friday, Sept. 4, at 4:30 p.m. Those interested can qualify at the Decatur County Board of Elections and Voter Registration’s office, located at 122 W. Water St., which is in the Courthouse Annex across the street from the Firehouse Gallery.

For more information, call (229) 243-2087.


Information was provided by Carol Heard.