The town of Portal is the only municipality in Bulloch County holding an election today. Open council and mayoral positions in Statesboro, Brooklet and Register are unopposed, said Pat Lanier-Jones, Bulloch County election supervisor.
While not having an election due to unopposed positions isn't unheard of, it is unusual to have three of four cities or towns in one county with no elections, she said.
"The city of Statesboro's (lack of an election) is most shocking," she said.
Portal voters will elect a new mayor and decide whether to allow alcohol sales on Sunday when they visit the polls. Incumbent Mayor Larry Motes left the position open to newcomers when he did not qualify to run again, and Portal residents Francis Turner and Billy Boggs will face off for the mayor's seat.
Incumbent Post 5 Councilwoman Jennifer Yates is challenged 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, according to Portal City Clerk Mike Arrieta.
There will be no election for the town of Register. Council Seat 3 incumbent Kevin C. Boyd did not qualify to run again, but his wife, Tonya Boyd, did and seeks to replace her husband, according to Register clerk of court records. She was originally opposed by Lamar Thigpen, who later withdrew from the race.
Register Seat 5 incumbent Ann Ross is also unopposed, while incumbent Councilwoman Elaine Lee withdrew her earlier qualifying move after newcomer Kenny Swicord qualified to run for that position as well. Swicord will run unopposed.
Brooklet also will have no election. Council Post 2 incumbent Russell Davis will run without challenge, as will incumbent Randy Newman for the Post 1 council seat.
Mayor William Hendrix, who qualified to run for office again, is also without opposition, and William Griffith qualified to run for the council Post 5, vacated by the previous resignation of Tom McElwee. Griffith is also without opposition, according to Belle Gay, assistant town clerk.
In Statesboro, two new candidates and one incumbent are all unopposed for the three council seats up for election.
Sam Jones is unopposed for the District 2 seat, currently held by Councilman Gary Lewis, and Jeff Yawn is unopposed for the District 3 seat, currently held by Councilman Will Britt. Lewis, who has served on the council for 17 years, and Britt, who has served 12 years, both declined to seek re-election.
Meanwhile, District 5 Councilman Travis Chance, who has served eight years, will get a third term without opposition. Another Statesboro resident initially offered to challenge him but withdrew the week after qualifying.
Bulloch County Election Supervisor Pat Lanier Jones informed the mayor and council on Oct. 6 that Statesboro's election was cancelled, with the three candidates deemed to have voted for themselves.
Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414. Al Hackle may be reached at (912) 489-9458.