Individuals interested in entering the November 5 race to become Mayor of the City of Thomson and a member of the City Council have until August 23 to think about it.
The five council positions and mayor are open and anyone desiring to become a candidate may qualify at the office of the City Clerk from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 19 through Thursday, Aug. 22 and from 8:30 a.m. to Noon, Friday, Aug. 23.
Kenneth Usry has been mayor for 12 years, serving three terms. Clifford “Bud” Lunceford and Scott Whittle currently represent District 1; District 2 is currently represented by Alton Belton and John Smalley; and Doris (Elaine) Johnson represents District 3.
While all the city council seats are open for the City of Thomson election, one council member will not be an incumbent.
“I am done,” Lunceford said of his decision to not seek reelection to his District 1A seat.
“I have served 12 years on the city council and I have enjoyed it. There are things we have done to move the city forward but it is time for me to step away,” Lunceford said. “I hope the next council will continue to do things in a positive way for the city but it is just my time to go.”
Candidates seeking to become mayor for the next four years must pay a qualifying fee of $240. The current city council members and interested challengers must pay a $150 qualifying fee to be on the ballot for the municipal election in November.
According to the Elections Director Phyllis Wheeler, each candidate for the city council must have lived in the district for which they qualify for at least a year, be at least 21 years old, be a registered voter in the city of Thomson and have been a resident of Thomson for at least a year. The seat for mayor is an at large position.
The mayoral and council election will be held at the Precinct on Main (the old THS Gym across the street from the Brickyard), from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 5.
Voters desiring to cast early ballots may vote, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:20 p.m., Monday, Oct. 14, through Friday, Nov. 1. There will not be a Saturday voting opportunity.