Two more candidates qualify for election

Published 5:44 pm Saturday, January 14, 2017

Andre D. Spiller has qualified for the Ward 6 alderman seat as a Democrat. Danny Chatman has qualified for the Ward 2 alderman seat, also as a Democrat.

They join 11 other residents who signed statements of intent to run for office. Those include incumbent Mayor Joe Cox who is running as a Republican; Elisa Corley Jr., Democrat, Ward 1; incumbent Mary H. Wilson, Democrat, Ward 3; Rusty Yates, Republican, Ward 4, Jason Snider, Republican, Ward 4; incumbent Fletcher Grice, Republican, Ward 5; Shelley M. Harrigill, independent, Ward 6, and incumbent Karen Sullivan, Republican, alderman-at-large; incumbent Bobby Bell, Democrat, police chief; Ward 1 Alderman Randy Belcher, Democrat, police chief, and BPD Lt. Kenneth Collins, Democrat, police chief.

Individuals can submit their statement of intent at the Brookhaven City Clerk’s office through 5 p.m. March 3.

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It’s a $10 fee if an individual is running as a Republican or Democrat, which goes to the party. Those planning to run as independent must gather the signatures of 50 registered voters within the city limits. If the application is for an alderman seat, the signatures must come from the ward in which the candidate lives.

The primary election is May 2. If no one gets 50 percent of the vote plus one, there will be a runoff election, which will be May 16.

If there is a runoff, voters must stick with whatever party they voted in the primary.

The general election is June 6. It will include the party primary winners and any independent candidates.

Residents can register to vote in the municipal election up to 30 days prior to the election. That can be done in the Lincoln County Circuit Clerk’s office during business hours, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or at the Brookhaven City Clerk’s office on Saturday, April 1, from 8 a.m. to noon.

Voter IDs can be obtained at the circuit clerk’s office.