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08.13.07 -- REPORT: Qualifying begins Monday

By CHER PHILLIPS

The qualifying period to run for council or mayor begins on Monday, Aug. 13 and ends Friday Aug. 17 at noon.

Residents interested in running for town council or mayor should pick up a packet from the town office.

At least two officials said last Thursday they would be vacating their seats.

Mayor Marsha Strange will not run again. She's served 26 years in the office of mayor, although some of her terms were no consecutive.

Town councilwoman Eunice Smith will also not run again. Smith, 90, served as town clerk for 12 and a half years before she began her 16-year stint on the council.

"Twenty-eight and a half years are enough," Smith said.

The other two seats up for election are held by Council Vice President Howard Walkup and Councilman Lee Deaderick.

Walkup was not at last week's meeting. But Deaderick said he would "most likely" run again for council. Both Deaderick and Walkup ran unopposed for seats vacated by resigning council members last year, which means they were the only ones to apply to run during the qualification periods last year.

This will be the only qualification period for the November 2007 election. These open seats all have terms of four years. To be eligible to run, residents must have lived in McIntosh two consecutive years. To run candidates will complete a packet, including gathering some signatures from other McIntosh residents supporting their campaign for public office. To read more about how the offices work, check out the McIntosh Town Charter.

posted by Cher @ 9:05 AM,

8 Comments:

At   August 19, 2007 10:43 PM     ,    Blogger McIntosh Flash    said...

Has this town been poisened? It seems like it is time to turn off the lights, cause no one is at home, and no one wants to run for office - why o why could that be?

Please shed some light - O great and powerful Cher.....

 
At   August 20, 2007 7:54 AM     ,    Blogger Cher    said...

Not sure what you mean, there. Are you suggesting that having a means for people to find out what's happening in their local government keeps people from running? Interesting idea.

I'm hardly Oz, if that's your reference. For starters, I sign my real name to my posts.

 
At   August 20, 2007 10:33 AM     ,    Anonymous Anonymous    said...

mcintosh flash = debbie

 
At   September 17, 2007 8:43 AM     ,    Anonymous Anonymous    said...

Mcintosh flash= Fred not Debbie

 
At   September 19, 2007 5:40 PM     ,    Anonymous Anonymous    said...

I think you need to look on the west side of town for MF.

 
At   September 20, 2007 9:01 PM     ,    Anonymous Anonymous    said...

The west side of town can secede and take the water tower!

 
At   September 21, 2007 5:24 PM     ,    Anonymous Anonymous    said...

Thank you
That's what I'm talking about!!!
Just kidding.... besides ya'll can be quite entertaining over there at times.

 
At   September 21, 2007 6:01 PM     ,    Anonymous Anonymous    said...

Pass the petition; I'll sign it.

 

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