When more than one candidate offers for any of the seats, Brooklet, Portal and Register – in addition to Statesboro – will have city elections Nov. 5. Candidates must qualify later this month.
Brooklet and Portal are the two towns in Bulloch County that have mayors up for election this year. Statesboro and Register do not, since their mayors are two years into a four-year term. All four towns have some council seats due to go before voters. But officials can cancel municipal elections, declaring an unopposed winner, if only one candidate qualifies for each seat.
In Brooklet, the position of mayor, currently held by Mayor William Hendrix, will be on the ballot if there is one. Also up for election are Brooklet City Council Post 1, held by incumbent Randy Newman, and Post 2, held by incumbent Russell Davis. There are no districts, so all Brooklet council members are elected by voters all over town.
Candidates can file qualifying paperwork and pay their fees Aug. 19-23, Monday through Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. City Administrator and Clerk Angela Wirth will be in charge of the qualifying at City Hall, 104 Church St., Brooklet. The fees are $90 for mayor and $54 for either council seat.
Aug. 19-23 is the qualifying period for Nov. 5 nonpartisan city elections throughout Georgia. However, not all cities extend the qualifying opportunity to all five days.
“The towns can do three days or five days, depending on their charter, and our charter says five days,” Wirth said.
In Portal, the office of mayor, currently held by Mayor Billy Boggs, is up for election. So are Portal City Council Post 2, held by Jennifer Motes-Yates, and Post 5, held by Delina Woods. These are also elected at-large by voters throughout Portal.
Portal City Clerk Mike Arrieta will oversee candidate qualifying Monday through Friday, Aug. 19-23, from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., in his office at Portal City Hall, 27209 Highway 80 West. Candidate fees are $288 for mayor and $45 for either council post.
In Register, three Town Council seats are up for election. These are the seat held by Tonya Boyd, one previously held by longtime council member Elaine Lee, who retired several months ago, and a third seat, said Register Mayor Barbara Rushing.
Qualifying will be open at Register Town Hall, 7 Main Street, just three days – Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday – Aug. 20-22, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., Rushing said. The qualifying fee is $15.
As previously reported, Statesboro has three council seats due for election: District 2, held by incumbent Sam Lee Jones; District 3, held by incumbent Jeff Yawn; and District 5, where Derek Duke is the incumbent. All three incumbents intend to seek re-election, and Paulette Chavers has announced as a challenger for Jones in District 2.
Because the mayor’s term is not up this year, Statesboro’s election will not be citywide but will be limited to those three council districts.
Statesboro’s candidate qualifying will be overseen by City Clerk Sue Starling at City Hall, 50 E. Main St., between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, Aug. 19-23. The qualifying fee, 3 percent of a council member’s salary, is $227.
All four of the cities in Bulloch County conduct their own candidate qualifying. But only in Brooklet do city officials conduct the elections, and paper ballots are used there. Register, Portal and Statesboro have the county Board of Elections staff conduct city elections, using the state-issued voting machines, which are slated for replacement next year.
Herald reporter Al Hackle may be reached at (912) 489-9458.