Dennis Trudeau decided Monday to seek a fifth term as mayor of Grovetown.
Qualifying ends Friday for the Grovetown mayoral seat and two city council spots - the only political races being held in the county this year.
Qualifying began Monday, but Trudeau at first wavered at the idea of extending his 16-year run as mayor.
"I'm getting close to the end of my term one way or another," the 78-year-old Trudeau said Monday afternoon.
After some coaxing by Grovetown City Councilman David Daughtry, who filed his paperwork Tuesday for re-election, Trudeau decided to run.
Marjorie Adams files for
re-election Monday to the Grovetown City Council.
Photo by Jim Blaylock
"When I heard that he was thinking about not running, I called him up and told him he better," Daughtry said. "He's been a good mayor, who has done a lot for Grovetown. He's the best man for the job."
City Councilwoman Marjorie Adams also filed her paperwork to qualify Monday.
Daughtry initially held off on submitting his forms, saying he said wanted to wait on Trudeau's decision. He said that if Trudeau stepped down as mayor he would have made a run for the position.
A school-bus driver for Columbia County and a 13-year veteran of city council, Daughtry, 50, said he's happy with the way things are and wants to stay involved in Grovetown government.
"Everything is going to good in the city," he said. "I'd like to see them continue to go as they are."
Qualifying for the mayoral or city council elections is taking place at Grovetown City Hall, and the deadline to file is Friday. Qualifying fees are $198 for mayor and $109 for city council. Elections will be Nov. 6.
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