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Riggs, Boyum, and Moore to run for office

All 3 register on the first day of qualifying period

Riggs, Boyum, and Moore to run for office

Riggs, Boyum, and Moore to run for office

A pair of incumbent city councilmen a...


A pair of incumbent city councilmen and a mayoral hopeful became the first to signal their intent to seek office this year, when the week-long qualifying period for November elections began Monday.

District 4 City Councilman John Riggs, District 1 Councilman Phil Boyum, and Jan Moore, a Bulloch County public schools psychologist and Statesboro Herald business editor, submitted paperwork and qualifying fees at City Hall and will be placed on ballots for a November city election.

Riggs, 43, will seek office for a second consecutive term, vying to represent his district on City Council.
A longtime resident of District 4, Riggs was elected to office in 2009, capturing more than 76 percent of votes cast.

Boyum, 43, will again run for City Council less than one year after first capturing the District 1 seat.

He took the reigns at the beginning of this year after garnering 60 percent of votes in a runoff for a special city election in December. The special election was held to fill the seat left vacant by Tommy Blitch, who resigned, citing health concerns.

Moore will seek public office for the first time, and look to succeed Joe Brannen as mayor of Statesboro — it is uncertain whether Brannen will run again.

Moore, 51, is a Statesboro native.

The mayor and two council seats are the only offices in contention this November.

The qualifying period for all three offices is runs through Friday — at City Hall from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day through Thursday, then ending at 4:30 p.m. Friday.

As of 4:30 p.m. Monday, Boyum, Riggs and Moore were the only candidates to qualify.

Residents interested in running for office may submit materials for qualification to City Clerk Sue Starling.

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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