Qualifying opens for municipal candidates

Published 11:00 pm Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Pike County candidates show interest in city positions

Six candidates in Troy and seven in Brundidge qualified Tuesday for municipal elections in August.

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Troy City Clerk Alton Starling said the number of interested parties reporting to Troy’s City Hall on the first day of qualifying was normal.

“It’s just like going through college, some students work to get things done as soon as possible and others wait until the last minute,” Starling said. “It’s just human nature.”

Current District 3 Councilman Jason Reeves qualified as a mayoral candidate in Troy; incumbent Charlie Dunn qualified in District 1; Greg Meeks is hoping to step into the District 2 council seat as his father departs his duties there; Marcus Paramore qualified for District 3; incumbent Johnny Witherington hopes to be re-elected to the District 4 council spot; and Dejerilyn Henderson wants to represent District 5.

“Some people may be on vacation. We should see more people pop in Thursday or Friday,” Starling said.

In Brundidge, two people qualified for both the race for mayor and District 3.

Incumbent Mayor Jimmy Ramage and Michael Foster both qualified in hopes of representing Brundidge as mayor for the next four years; incumbent Lawrence Bowdin would like to continue on as the District 1 councilmember; Arthur Griffin, incumbent councilmember for District 2, qualified; both Anthony Foster and Terry Casey would like to claim the District 3 spot on the city council; incumbent Cynthia Pearson hopes to continue on as the representative for District 4; and Steven Coleman, incumbent, is running again for District 5.

Qualifying for municipal elections will continue until 5 p.m. on July 17. City officials for Banks and Goshen could not be reached as of deadline.