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Qualifying opens for city elections

Posted: August 25, 2013 - 12:07am
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Those interested in a leadership position in Grovetown or Harlem can qualify this week for the November nonpartisan election.

Harlem mayor Bobby Culpepper and Councilmen John Thigpen and Rudolph Dixon are up for re-election on the Nov. 5 ballot.

A Grovetown City Council seat, recently filled by Lee Briggs, who was appointed to fill the five remaining months of former Councilman Sonny McDowell’s term, and a seat being vacated by veteran Councilman Bruce Stoddard also will be on the ballot.

“I believe in term limits and I believe in new ideas coming in and new ways of doing things,” said Stoddard, who said he won’t seek re-election after 12 years on the council.

Briggs, a John Deere operations manager, said there’s much left to do, so he plans to seek re-election. He also is former chair of the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission.

Culpepper, who was originally appointed to fill the remaining mayoral term of Scott Dean in July 2008, was elected to a three-year term in 2010. The former owner of Culpepper Ford in Thomson said he also plans to run again.

Thigpen, who has served on the Harlem City Council since January 2003, said he plans to run for a fourth term in November.

“I’m looking forward to it,” said Thigpen, who is a senior operator at DSM Chemical in Augusta, and is a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician in Thomson.

Dixon said he expects to qualify to run for his seventh term on the council. He was elected as a councilman in 1994 after retiring as a Methodist minister.

“If I do, it will certainly be the last time I ever run,” Dixon said.

Qualifying in Grovetown runs from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

To qualify, candidates must submit a written application and qualifying fee at City Hall, 103 Old Wrightsboro Road, Grovetown.

The fee for city council candidates is $108.

A candidate must have resided in the city for at least a year, be a registered voter and be at least 25 years old.

Qualifying for the Harlem races runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday.

Candidates need to submit an application at City Hall, 320 N. Louisville St., Harlem. The fee for the mayoral race is $144 and $108 for city council candidates.

To qualify, candidates must be a city resident for at least a year, a registered voter and be at least 21 years old.

Voters must live inside the city and be registered to vote. Voters must be registered by Oct. 7 to be eligible to participate in the Nov. 5 general election.

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