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Councilmen to seek re-election

Mayor Brannen currently undecided

Councilmen to seek re-election

Councilmen to seek re-election

Boyum


Three offices representing the city of Statesboro will be on the ballot in the November city election.
With qualifying for the positions — mayor, District 1 councilman and District 4 councilman — nearing quickly, two of the three incumbents say they will seek re-election; the third is still uncertain.
District representatives Phil Boyum (District 1) and John Riggs (District 4) announced last week that they will again throw their hats into the ring, when the qualifying period for elections opens Aug. 26.
Mayor Joe Brannen, though, said he has yet to reach a decision.
“I am still on the middle of the fence right now,” Brannen said. “My plans are not definite.”
Brannen became mayor in 2009, when his only competitor in the race withdrew on the final day of qualifying.
In the years before, he served as a city councilman representing District 4 (elected in 1998). As a councilman, Brannen was nominated as mayor pro tem in 2001 and 2006.
For the two council candidates, this year’s re-election bids will be their first.
Riggs, a longtime resident of District 4, was elected to office in 2009, capturing more than 76 percent of votes cast.
With four years of service now under his belt, he said he would like to continue representing the community.
“I will be running again, and I will be in City Hall to qualify on Monday morning (Aug. 26). I feel that I can continue to represent both the students and the permanent residents of my district with equal zeal and fervor,” Riggs said. “I love the people of District 4, I have enjoyed serving them for the past four years, and I would love to serve them for another four years.”
Boyum will have to run for office less than one year after winning the District 1 seat.
He took the reigns at the beginning of this year, after capturing 60 percent of votes in a runoff for a special city election. The special election was held to fill a seat left vacant by Tommy Blitch, who resigned because of health reasons.
“When I ran last time, I knew I would have to run again in just a few months, and I do fully plan to run again,” Boyum said. “I have worked hard over the last several months to meet as many folks in the district as possible and attend neighborhood association meetings. I would like to continue to serve as a councilman. At least for another four years.”
The qualifying period for elections officially begins Monday, Aug. 26 at 8:30 a.m. — when City Hall opens for the day. The period will continue throughout the week, wrapping up at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30.
Residents interested in running for office may submit materials for qualification to City Clerk Sue Starling during City Hall’s hours of operation.
According to Starling, to qualify for the mayoral race, residents must be at least 30 years old, registered to vote, and have lived in Statesboro for at least one year. The fee to qualify for mayor is $560.
To qualify for council, residents must be at least 25 years old, registered to vote, and have lived in their district for at least six months.
The fee to qualify as a councilman is $227.

Jeff Harrison may be reached at (912) 489-9454.

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