Mayoral hopefuls qualify

Published 3:00 am Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Olanda Hardy and Raymond Sexton qualified Monday to challenge incumbent Jason Reeves in the Troy mayoral race.

Hardy was formerly a lieutenant on the Troy Police force for 20 years and is currently pursuing his doctorate in leadership development. Sexton recently retired from working with the city as the grounds superintendent.

Reeves announced his candidacy during Tuesday’s city council meeting. “It’s been a very humbling honor to serve this city and I offer that service again,” he said.

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There’s a new face in the race for the District 1 seat as well, as Mary Ellen Collins qualified for the spot. Collins works at the Bullock Correctional Facility in Union Springs as the psychological associate to the treatment supervisor.

Collins is the fifth candidate to qualify for the seat, joining Robert Jones, Anthony Jackson, Jimmy Clarence Scott and Matthew Jordan.

District 2 councilmember Greg Meeks and District 3 councilmember Marcus Paramore have both qualified for reelection and are currently unopposed. Stephanie Baker has qualified for the District 4 seat and is currently unopposed, as current District 4 councilmember John Witherington announced that he will not run for reelection.

Current District 5 councilmember Dejerilyn King Henderson has qualified for reelection to her seat and is being opposed by former councilmember Wanda Moultry.

In Brundidge, James Jones qualified for the District 5 seat to challenge Ira Lampley. Current District 5 Councilmember Steven Coleman has not qualified for the seat.

Isabell Boyd, Cynthia Pearson, Charlie Harris, Lawrence Bowden and Johnny Ross have all qualified to run for mayor in Brundidge, seeking to fill the seat left open by longtime mayor Jimmy Ramage.

Ramage has qualified for the District 4 seat, which was given up by Cynthia Pearson in order to run for mayor. He is currently unopposed.

Betty Baxter, Arthur Griffin and Margaret Ross have all qualified for reelection and are currently unopposed.

Qualifying for municipal elections ends July 19.

Municipal elections will take place in Troy, Brundidge, Goshen and Banks on August 23.

Voters looking to vote by absentee ballot will need to contact their city clerk to apply for a ballot. Absentee ballots will be available about a week after qualifying ends.

The absentee voting deadline is August 18. Residents should contact their city clerks to request ballots or for more information about voting absentee.