The race is on.
Tuesday at close of business was the deadline for candidates to qualify for the municipal elections on Aug. 28.
Two cities in the north Jefferson area — Kimberly and Brookside — will not be hosting municipal elections because only one candidate has qualified to run for each office, according to the city clerks in those cities.
In Brookside, Mayor Roger McCondichie and all five current council members are running for re-election with no opposition. Kimberly has some incumbents and some new faces who are running unopposed.
Hayden will host an election for mayor only, with incumbent Thelma Smith facing challenger Larry Armstrong.
In Morris, current council members Charles Ray Densmore and Joe Pylant threw their hats into the ring for mayor, and Robert Keith and John Dillard are both running for council place 5. All other seats are unopposed. Densmore and Pylant are the only current council members running for office in Morris.
Officials in Kimberly said the city would save about $6,000 by not holding an election.
However, the new council will still be required by law to have an organizational meeting in November to establish parliamentary procedure. In all cases, election or not, new elected officials take office on Nov. 3.
Warrior, Fultondale and Gardendale all have a full slate of candidates for mayor and council offices.
In Warrior, councilman Johnny Ragland will face Oscar Turner for mayor. All five council places also have two candidates each.
Gardendale Mayor Othell Phillips will run for mayor again against former councilman William M. Flippo. There too, all five council places have multiple candidates.
Fultondale’s election will see Mayor Jim Lowery against John Douglas for the mayor position. Three of Fultondale’s council positions have multiple candidates, with two positions unopposed.
Runoff elections are Oct. 9, should they be required.
The candidates for local offices, according to city clerks at qualification deadline Tuesday, are:
Mayor: John Douglas, Jim Lowery (i)
Council Place 1: Joshua Bryant (i), Shane Cochran, Matthew Weber
Place 2: Joe Bolton (i)
Place 3: Darrell Hubbert (i), Jimmie Lay, Mike Snow
Place 4: Tommy Loden (i)
Place 5: Thomas “Tip’ Blizard, Theresa Hurst Leipert, Greg Morris, Jeffrey S. Robinson, Walter L. Tibbs
Mayor: William M. Flippo, Othell G. Phillips (i)
Council District 1: Karen Dunn, Allen Jerkins, Peggy Tumlin (i)
District 2: Blake Guinn, J. Gary Morris (i)
District 3: Alvin Currington (i), John T. Parker
District 4: Greg Colvert, Faith Harper (i)
District 5: Carla Rothell Cloum, Stan Hogeland
Mayor: Bob Ellerbrock*
Council Place 1: Brian Pharris (i)
Place 2: Brad Stark (i)
Place 3: Donna Cude (i)
Place 4: Lance Shivers
Place 5: John Richardson
Mayor: Charles Ray Densmore*, Joe Pylant*
Council Place 1: Steve Jones
Place 2: Louis Resha
Place 3: Corey Jones
Place 4: Jack Womack
Place 5: Robert Keith, John Dillard
Mayor: Johnny Ragland*, Oscar Turner
Council District 1: Place 1: Jerry Bailey (i), John Tanks
District 1: Place 2: Bradley “Brad” Fuller (i), Belva Hamilton
District 1 Place 3: Theodore C. Hines (i), Charles “Chuck” Mosley
District 2 Place 1: James F. “Jimmy” Jett (i), Stephen Mizelle
District 2 Place 2: Terry L. Burgett, Jacquelyn “Jackie” Wesson
Mayor: Roger McCondichie (i)
Council Place 1: Dennis Cordell (i)
Place 2: Mike Brian (i)
Place 3: Terry Bensko (i)
Place 4: Daryl Burr (i)
Place 5: Michael Gooch (i)
Mayor: Thelma Smith (i), Larry Armstrong
Council Place 1: Marsha Beam (i)
Place 2: William Parker (i),
Place 3: Morris Winnett (i)
Place 4: Randy Curtis
Place 5: Stephen Anderson
*Current council members running for mayor
Incumbent candidates are indicated with (i)
The race is on.
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