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Four qualify for two Harlem council seats

Posted: September 1, 2013 - 12:07am

Four people qualified to seek a Harlem City Council position in the November nonpartisan election. Seats occupied by Councilmen John Thigpen and Rudolph Dixon are up for re-election on the Nov. 5 ballot.

Thigpen, 53, a chemical senior engineer at DSM Chemical in Augusta, has served on the council since 2003 and qualified to see his fourth term on the council. Dixon, 88, a retired Methodist minister, qualified to run for his seventh since his service began after his 1994 retirement.

Newcomers Dan Bellavance and Lee Ann Meyer qualified to challenge the incumbents.

Bellavance, 54, is a backflow technician with Akima and works at Fort Gordon. Meyer, 40, is an owner of Red Oak Manor, a bed and breakfast in Harlem.

Mayor Bobby Culpepper was the only one to qualify to run for the seat, so he will run for his third mayoral term unopposed. Culpepper, 66 was originally appointed to fill the remaining mayoral term of Scott Dean in July 2008 and was elected to a three-year term in 2010. He’s the former owner of Culpepper Ford in Thomson and lists himself as a Realtor on the affidavit form filed during qualifying.

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

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