Qualifications begin for municipal elections

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, July 4, 2000

Staff Writer

July 3, 2000 10 PM

In just a matter of days, residents of Troy and other municipalities will know who their candidates for office will be.

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Beginning Wednesday, campaigning will begin for those seeking office in the area municipalities.

Qualifying for municipal elections opens at 8 a.m. Wednesday and ends at 5 p.m. on July 18, said Troy City Clerk Alton Starling, who is also serving as elections officer for the city.

In order for a candidate to qualify, the individual has to sign a statement of candidacy. On that piece of paper, the candidate swears he or she is a citizen of Troy and has been a resident for at least 90 days.

Upon filing, the candidate must pay a $50 qualifying fee.

New candidates must fill out a statement of economic interest that is sent to the Alabama Ethics Commission. The statement of economic interest involves listing such things as business ownerships.

Starling said anyone forming a campaign committee has to fill out, yet, another form and keep records of fund-raising events.

Goshen Mayor Michael Sanders has already begun the process by advertising the upcoming Aug. 22 election.

Like other municipalities across the state, Goshen will hold elections for mayor and council along with Brundidge, Banks and the city of Troy.