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Brooklet, Portal and Register qualifying underway

The city of Brooklet and towns of Portal and Register have candidate qualifying underway this week for Nov. 7 municipal elections.

In Brooklet and Portal the deadline to qualify is 4:30 p.m. Friday. In Register the process is slated to conclude at 3 p.m. Thursday.

Brooklet Mayor Joe Grooms III has said he is not seeking re-election. Instead, Councilmember Nicky Gwinnett completed qualifying paperwork and paid the fee Monday to run for mayor. That left Gwinnett’s council position, Seat 1, which is also up for election, open to any other Brooklet citizens who meet the requirements and wish to qualify as candidates this week.

Brooklet Seat 2 Councilmember Bradley Anderson qualified Tuesday to seek re-election, reported City Clerk Lori Phillips, who is in charge of qualifying at Brooklet City Hall, 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. daily until Friday, Aug. 25. The qualifying fees are $54 for council seats and $90 for mayor.

In Portal, all three incumbents whose offices are up – Mayor Billy Boggs, Post 2 Councilmember Roy Johnson and Post 5 Councilmember Delina Woods – qualified Monday, and there were no additional qualifiers as of Tuesday, said City Clerk Mike Arrieta. Qualifying is open 8:30 a.m.-noon and 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m. daily until Friday at Portal City Hall. Portal's fees are $288 for mayor and $45 for council seats.

In Register, qualifying is limited to normal Town Hall business hours, 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. Council seats 3 and 4, held by Tonya Boyd and Alfred Jones, respectively, are up for election, as well as Seat 5, left vacant by the resignation one year ago of Ann Ross.

Boyd and Jones qualified Monday to seek re-election, but Seat 5 still had no candidates as of Tuesday morning, reported Town Clerk Annette Waters. Register’s council candidate fee is just $15.

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