Candidates file for city races

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By Jeff Moore

Voters in Carrollton, Ghent and Prestonville will have a choice for their city’s next mayor as incumbents face challengers for their jobs in the Nov. 4 General Election.

Carrollton voters also must select from a field of eight seeking the six seats for council, while in Prestonville five are vying for four seats on city commission.

The filing deadline for the non-partisan elections closed at 4 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 12.

In the city of Carrollton, incumbent Mayor Gene McMurry faces a challenge for his post from former mayor Ann Deatherage and Robb Adams. Deatherage and Adams both currently serve on city council.

In Ghent, Mayor William “Chip” Mumphrey is being challenged by Karen Browning and Lonnie Dale Mefford, who currently serves on the city commission.

Presentonville Mayor Billy Walker faces a challenge by former mayor Chris Moore for the post.

Incumbent Jackie Ogden Jr. is unopposed for re-election as mayor of Sanders. Candy Dempsey is unopposed in her bid for mayor of Worthville, where she is currently a commissioner.

Eight candidates met Tuesday’s filing deadline for Carrollton City Council. Incumbents Dwight Louden, Hayley Franklin and Mike Gordon are joined by Doug Hill, Jeff Dickow, Kevin Craig, Roy McAllister and J.P. Dale in seeking the six seats up for grabs this fall.

Prestonville has the only other contested race for city commissioner. Incumbents Louie Spencer, James Burgin and Linda McDole Clark are joined by Cathy Horner and James E. McArter in seeking the four seats on the commission.

In Ghent, incumbents James Lewellyn and David R. Hendren are seeking election, along with Joseph Beall and Caroline Reisner for the four open seats.

The city of Sanders and Worthville did not have enough candidates file for their four open seats on city commission.

In Sanders, incumbent Tanya Dermon was the only candidate in prior to the deadline.

Incumbent Nancy Hilton was the only candidate to file for commissioner in the city of Worthville.

Three seats are up for election on the Carroll County Soil and Conversation Board. Incumbents Joe Raisor, David  W. Rowlett and Mike Kelly are uncontested in their bids for re-election.

Two seats also are up for election to Carroll County Board of Education.

In District 4, incumbent Carolyn Jones is unopposed for re-election. In District 5, no one filed for the seat that is now held by Mary Ann Pearson, who is not seeking another term.

District 1 school board member Dru S. Maiden is also seeking re-election to her seat because she was appointed. No one is running against Maiden to fill this unexpired term of office.

After the deadline passed at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Carroll County Clerk Alice Marsh expressed her
disappointment that there are not enough people seeking election to fill the commission seats in Sanders and Worthville or to fill the open District 5 seat on the Board of Education.

Candidates who might want to seek those positions will now have to file as write-in candidates. Marsh said the deadline for write-ins in the general election is Oct. 24 at 4 p.m.

Marsh said three more candidates are needed in Sanders and Worthville for their city commissions, while at least one candidate is needed for District 5 on the school board.

Possible write-ins must stop by the county clerk’s office in the old courthouse downtown to pickup a packet to become write-ins.

Voters who have not registered to cast a vote in the fall election have until 4:30 p.m., Oct. 6, to do so. Marsh said the voter books close between Oct. 7 and Nov. 10 for the general election.