Qualifying began on Monday in Eton. Mayor Billy Cantrell is running for a second term and qualified on Monday. No one qualified to run on Tuesday or Wednesday, said an assistant clerk at City Hall.
The City Council has two posts up for election, one vacant (Post 1) and one held by Steve Shaw (Post 2). No one has qualified for either of those positions yet.
Qualifying continues today and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at City Hall. The qualifying fees are $117 for City Council and $156 for mayor.
Qualifying ended on Wednesday in Tunnel Hill. The three incumbents on the City Council up for re-election will be unchallenged this year.
On Monday, Ray Anderson, the incumbent for Post 3, and Mayor Kenny Gowin, the incumbent for Post 5, qualified. Alfred “Hub” Griffin qualified on Tuesday for re-election for Post 4. The City Council elects the mayor from among the council members.
Qualifying ended on Wednesday in Varnell.
Anthony Hulsey will vie against David Owens for mayor after Hulsey qualified on Wednesday. Owens resigned from Seat 5 on the City Council when he qualified to run for mayor on Monday. Current Mayor Dan Peeples is not seeking re-election.
Qualifying for Seat 5 will be Tuesday, Sept. 3, through Thursday, Sept. 5, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at City Hall. Because Owens resigned in the middle of a four-year term, whoever is elected to replace him will serve two years before another election, City Clerk Pam Garrison said.
Michael Willocks and Jan Pourquoi qualified on Tuesday for Seat 2 on the City Council. Both have not held office in Varnell before, Garrison said, adding that Seat 2 is currently held by Brent Newsome, who is not seeking re-election.
Ashlee Godfrey qualified on Monday and will be unchallenged for Seat 1, which is currently held by James Caldwell. Caldwell is also not running again for office this year.