Banks looks towards municipal elections

Published 11:00 pm Wednesday, April 25, 2012

With one set of elections out of the way Pike County residents will take to the polls one more time prior to the general election in November.

Next up, municipal elections in Troy, Brundidge and Goshen are set to take place on August 28.

However, the town of Banks may or may not be participating in the August election.

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“Banks hasn’t had an election in over 20 years,” said Jennifer Smith, Banks town clerk. “Most of the time one person will step down and appoint another.”

Smith explained that the town’s population was less than 200 and there isn’t any money incentive to becoming mayor. So, interest in the position is low.

According to the Code of Alabama, all candidates must have been residents of their city or town for at least 90 days prior to the election and are required to live within the city or town limits for their entire term, if elected.

Council members are required to live within the districts they lived in at the time of the election.

Qualifying for candidates will begin on July 3 and will end at 5 p.m. on July 17. The qualification fee for all candidates seeking election as mayor or council members is $50.