Except that Brooklet Mayor William Hendrix confirmed that he is not seeking re-election and Register now has candidates for all its council seats – and two for one of them – Thursday brought few changes in election qualifying in Bulloch County’s four municipalities.
In Brooklet, Charles Howell, 53, currently chair of that city’s appointed Planning and Zoning Board, on which he has served about 20 years, remained the only official candidate for mayor after qualifying Wednesday. Qualifying remains open Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., so there could be other candidates yet.
But Hendrix, who has been Brooklet’s mayor eight years and served on Brooklet City Council eight years before that, told the Statesboro Herald that he will not be seeking re-election. He continues to own and operate a service station and, at age 77, said he doesn’t know how to spell “retirement” in that regard, but he is ready to let someone else be mayor.
“Hey, it’s been a good ride. Me and the council have done a good job, I think very good, and I’m just going to let somebody else have it this time. …,” Hendrix said Thursday. “Last time nobody came out and wanted it at all, and this time we’ve got some interest in it, so I’m glad. No sir, I’m not going to run for re-election. We’ve got some good, qualified people in town, a lot younger, and they need it.”
Brooklet City Clerk and Administrator Angela Wirth reported that no additional candidates qualified Thursday for any of the posts up for election.
Brooklet City Council Post 1, held by incumbent Randy Newman, and Post 2, held by incumbent Russell Davis, still had no official candidates. Again, this was with one day remaining to file paperwork and pay the fee.
Register, which concluded its qualifying period Thursday, ended up with both incumbent Councilwoman Tonya Boyd and a challenger, Shannon Grubbs, seeking Seat 3. Meanwhile, incumbent Councilwoman Ann Ross is unopposed for Seat 5, and William Ingram is the only candidate for previously vacant Seat 4, reported Register City Clerk Amanda Knight.
Portal: no changes
Portal had no new candidates to qualify Thursday, with incumbent Mayor Billy Boggs still the only candidate for his office and Post 5 Councilwoman Delina Woods also remaining unchallenged. But Post 2, currently held by Councilwoman Jennifer Motes-Yates, still had no candidate signed up as Thursday.
Portal City Clerk Mike Arrieta said he hopes that will change Friday, before Brooklet’s qualifying week concludes at 4:30 p.m.
Statesboro: no changes
Statesboro also had no new candidates Thursday.
The one Statesboro City Council race remains that between incumbent Councilman Sam Lee Jones and challenger Paulette Chavers in District 2. Unless other candidates qualify Friday, Councilman Jeff Yawn in District 3 and Councilman Derek Duke in District 5 will be unopposed.
Elections will be held Nov. 5.