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Three city posts up for grabs Tuesday

Campaigns for council seats, mayor wrap up

Three city posts up for grabs Tuesday

Three city posts up for grabs Tuesday


Months of campaigning will end this week when voters can take to the polls for a Statesboro city election deciding three offices.
Election Day is Tuesday in Statesboro.
Included on this fall’s ballots are races to determine District 1 and District 4 Statesboro City Council offices and the position of Mayor.
Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for the city’s approximately 15,304 registered voters.
In the contest for mayor, incumbent Mayor Joe Brannen is challenged by Jonathan McCollar, Jan Moore and Bill Thomas.
Brannen, 74, is a retired branch manager for a consumer finance company and special assets officer for a local bank. Prior to his term as mayor, he served District 4 on City Council after being elected in 1998.
McCollar, 39, is a senior community manager for the American Cancer Society and a Realtor. He has previously sought office on City Council, Bulloch County Board of Commissioners and he Georgia House of Representatives.
Moore, 51, is the business editor for the Statesboro Herald and a behavior intervention specialist/psychologist for the Bulloch County Board of Education. She is seeking office for the first time.
Thomas, 49, is the owner of a local barbecue catering business. He previously sought office in 2009, vying for the District 1 City Council seat.
If no candidate receives more than 50 percent of the vote, a runoff election will be held between the top two vote-getters next month.
According to Shontay Jones, with the Bulloch County Registrar’s Office, 432 voters already cast their ballots for the city election, through early voting, as of 3:45 p.m. Friday.
In council races, incumbent Councilman John Riggs will run unopposed for the District 4 office, while incumbent Phil Boyum squares off with Kelly Dabbs for the District 1 seat.
Boyum, 43, is a marketing consultant and radio voice at Georgia Eagle Media radio stations. He is seeking re-election after an abbreviated term of one year. He won a special city election last year to replace former Councilman Tommy Blitch, who resigned because of health issues.
Dabbs, 47, is the owner of local Southern Aquatic Services, which provides water quality analysis and habitat management techniques for ponds. He is seeking public office for the first time.
Jones said a total of 298 people have submitted ballots early at the polling location reserved for District 1 and District 2 voters — the majority of which likely are from District 1, she said.
Voters living in council Districts 1 and 2 can submit ballots at the William James Educational Complex, 150 Williams Road, and voters in Districts 3, 4 and 5 can submit ballots at Pittman Park United Methodist Church, 1102 Fair Road.
Anyone wishing to cast a vote must be a registered voter in Statesboro and must present some form of photo identification, said Jones.
Valid forms of photo identification are a Georgia driver’s license; valid employee photo ID from any branch, department, agency, or entity of the U.S. government, state of Georgia, or any county, municipality, board, authority or other entity in this state; or a valid U.S. passport, U.S. military photo ID or tribal photo ID.
A sample ballot for the election can be found online at http://bullochcounty.net/government/departments-a-to-e/board-of-elections.
For information about city districts, elections, or where to vote, people can call the Bulloch County Board of Elections at (912) 764-6502 or (912) 489-1677, or visit the “My Voter” page at www.sos.ga.gov/mvp.

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

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