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Candidates file for Mecklenburg town elections

SoVaNow.com / March 12, 2014
The majority of candidates filing for local office waited until the last minute to file their petitions with the Mecklenburg County Elections Registrar, but that didn’t stop Registrar Jason Corwin from verifying the petitions within minutes of the 7 p.m. filing deadline, Tuesday, March 4.

There are no new faces among the filers for the May 6 General Election in Chase City and South Hill or the May 6 General and Specials Elections in Clarksville. Boydton voters will see one new candidate for council, Charles Rouse, and La Crosse voters will see two new council candidates, Thomas Tanner and G. Bryant Thomas.

In Boydton, sitting Mayor Gerald Wrenn chose not to seek re-election. Instead, council member, Thomas C. Coleman III filed for the mayor’s slot on the ballot.

Incumbent Council members Johnny Kirkland, Ronny C. Worley, and William H. “Bill” Coleman, each filed for re-election. Rounding out the field of council candidates is newcomer Charles Rouse. The top three will win a place on council.

Should Coleman win the mayor’s race, his election will create a vacancy on council. The sitting members of council, who are responsible for filling the vacancy, could appoint the candidate that finished fourth in the General Election, or any other qualified Boydton resident of their choosing.

In Chase City, incumbent Mayor John Eddie Bratton, and council members Winthy Hatcher Jr., Brenda A. Hatcher and James E. Bohannon filed for re-election.

Voters heading to the polls in Clarksville face a unique election brought about by the recent boundary adjustment. The mayor and all six council members must stand for election this May. Running for a full term in the General Election are incumbent Mayor Kevin Allgood, and incumbent Council members, Christopher N. Clarke, Carolyn K. Hite, and Glenn R. Jurczyk. Running for the remainder of their term (2 years) in a Special Election also set for May 6 are incumbents, E. Mike Sizemore, William S. Nunn, and Connie B. Torres.

La Crosse residents will choose among four candidates to fill three Council seats. Incumbents Jeff Edmonds, and F. A. Hendrick each filed for re-election. Also running for one of the three seats are Thomas Tanner and G. Bryant Thomas. According to the Registrar, current council member, Kellie M. Pearce did not file for re-election.

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All candidates should be required to memorize the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights before applications are accepted. They should also be required by law to take annual cec training on the United States Constitution.


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