Today is last day to qualify for city office

Published 11:39 pm Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Today is the last day to qualify to run in the upcoming the city election.

Requirements to qualify to run for city council include the candidate being a city resident in the district which the candidate wishes to represent. Candidates wishing to run for mayor must simply be a city resident.

A $10 fee must be paid by candidates wishing to run as Republican or Democrat. Payment of that fee must be made out to the respective party.

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Candidates wishing to run as an Independent must turn in a petition of at least 50 signatures of qualified city voters. The petition will take the place of the $10 fee.

City Clerk Priscilla Daniel said the deadline to qualify is today at 5:30 p.m. City offices are closed on Friday.

Below is the list of the candidates for city offices who had filed by Wednesday.

In the 1st Precinct, incumbent Larry Watkins (R) and Jeff Lossett (R) have qualified for council.

In the 2nd Precinct, incumbent Donald Parker (D), Lynn Bogan Bumpers (I) and Robert Jefferson (D) have qualified for council.

In the 3rd Precinct, incumbent Anna Turnage (R) and Jason Todd Lane (R) have qualified for council.

In the 4th Precinct, Larry Breland (D) and incumbent Leavern Guy (D) have qualified for council.

In the 5th Precinct, Howard Alexander (R), Wayne Gouget (R) and Jeff Harrington (R) have qualified for council.

For mayor state Sen. Ezell Lee (D), former city manager Ed Pinero Jr. (R) and former city councilman Mark Thorman (D) have qualified.

Prospective candidates wishing to qualify for the election should make sure their voter registration reflects their current city residency.

The primary election for all offices will be held on Tuesday, May 5.

The general election will be Tuesday, June 2.

Winners will take office on July 6.