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Qualifying continues in 4 towns
Brooklet gets mayoral candidate
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Brooklet now has a mayoral candidate, Charles Howell, who is not the incumbent, and Statesboro has candidates for all three of its City Council seats up for election, but so far only one is contested.

Meanwhile, Portal and Register each had some candidates qualified by Tuesday afternoon for their Nov. 5 city elections, but neither had a full slate. Register’s town clerk planned to be in only from 8:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Thursday, and Register Town Hall is closed Friday. But clerks’ offices in the other three Bulloch County municipalities will remain open for candidate qualifying 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday.

Howell, 53, currently chairs Brooklet’s Planning and Zoning Board. In fact, he has served on the board about 20 years and chaired it for more than 15. But this is the first time he has sought elected, public office, he said Wednesday after having paid the $90 qualifying fee to run for mayor and filed the paperwork at Brooklet City Hall.

Retired from the U.S. Air Force and Georgia Air National Guard, Howell now works full-time as a civilian employee at Fort Stewart.

The incumbent, Brooklet Mayor William Hendrix, had not signed up to run for re-election as of Wednesday but had not said that he wouldn’t. So, if he qualifies before 4:30 p.m. Friday, Brooklet will have a mayoral race.

Meanwhile, Brooklet City Council Post 1, held by incumbent Randy Newman, and Post 2, held by incumbent Russell Davis, still had no official candidates as of Wednesday.

In Statesboro, where only the council seats in districts 2, 3 and 5 are up for election, all of the incumbents are now running, as they had said they would. Councilman Jeff Yawn, who has represented District 3 since the beginning of 2016, qualified Wednesday to  seek a second term and was so-far unopposed.

As reported, both incumbent District 2 Councilman Sam Lee Jones and his announced challenger, Paulette Chavers, qualified as candidates Monday.

Councilman Derek Duke, who became District 5’s council member through a special election and runoff in May and June 2018, qualified Monday to seek a full four-year term and had no challenger as of 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

In Portal, Mayor Billy Boggs qualified Tuesday to seek re-election. Post 5 Councilwoman Delina Woods qualified Wednesday. Councilwoman Jennifer Motes-Yates, the Post 2 incumbent, had not come in to qualify yet, but a city staff member said she had not indicated to the contrary.

In Register, where three council posts are up for election, incumbent Councilwoman Tonya Boyd has qualified to seek re-election to Post 3. Post 4 has been vacant for several months, and one potential new candidate called Wednesday to say he or she would come in to qualify Thursday, said Town Clerk Amanda Knight. But so far Post 5, for which the incumbent is Ann Ross, also had no candidate signed up as of Wednesday.

Again, the latest time to qualify in Register is apparently 2 p.m. Thursday. The qualifying fee is $15.

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