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Portal assured of new mayor
Incumbent Motes doesn't qualify, two others meet deadline
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            The town of Portal will have a new mayor when the Nov. 3 election rolls around, as incumbent mayor Larry Motes did not qualify to run by Friday at the 4:30 p.m. qualifying deadline.
        Frances Turner and current councilman Billy Boggs each qualified to run for the mayor’s position, said city clerk Mike Arrieta.
        Incumbent Post 5 council member Jennifer Yates qualified to run again and will be opposed by Sissy Ferrer Carter, while Delina Woods will run unopposed for Post 2, currently held by incumbent Clint Lovett, who also did not qualify to run again for the seat, he said.
        In the Town of Register, Seat 3 incumbent Kevin C. Boyd did not qualify to run again, but his wife, Tonya Boyd did, seeking to replace her husband, according to Register clerk of court records. She will be challenged by Lamar Thigpen, who also qualified to run for the Seat 3 opening.
        Seat 5 incumbent Ann Ross also qualified to run again, and is unopposed, while incumbent Elaine Lee withdrew her earlier qualifying move after newcomer Kenny Swicord qualified to run for that position as well. Swicord will run unopposed.
        In Brooklet, Post 2 incumbent Russell Davis once again qualified and will run without opposition for that post, said assistant city clerk Belle Gay.
        Incumbent Randy Newman will also run without challenge for the Post 1 council seat, as will incumbent Mayor William Hendrix, who qualified to run for office again, she said.
        William Griffith qualified to run for the council Post 5, vacated by the previous resignation of Tom McElwee. Griffith is also without opposition, she said.

Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.

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