Qualifying under way this week

COVINGTON - Qualifying for the Nov. 3 Municipal Election is taking place this week.

The councils governing the cities of Covington, Oxford, Porterdale and Mansfield and the town of Newborn all have seats up for election.

In Covington, Council Post 1, East Ward, currently held by John Howard; Council Post 2, West Ward, held by Hawnethia Williams; and Council Post 3, West Ward, held by Ocie Franklin, are on the ballot.

The qualifying fee is $180. Qualifying takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Friday at the Newton County Board of Elections and Registration office, located in the Newton County Administration Building at 1113 Usher St.

Oxford also has three posts up for election: Post 4, held by Emma Lou Patterson; Post 5, held by James Windham; and Post 6, held by Smith.

Qualifying takes place at City Hall between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. through Thursday and will close at

4:30 p.m. Friday. Oxford City Hall is located at 110 W. Clark St.

The qualifying fee is $75.

In Porterdale, qualifying is being held for Post 3, held by Arline Chapman; Post 4, held by Mike Harper, and Post 5, held by Lowell Chambers.

Qualifying takes place at City Hall from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The fee is $15.

In Mansfield, qualifying will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. every day, except for Wednesday, at Mansfield City Hall, located at 3146 Ga. Highway 11 S.

Council posts 3, 4 and 5, held by Lyra Cocchi, Larry Haigwood and Larry Cummins, are open.

The qualifying fee is $18.

The entire Newborn Town Council is up for election, including the mayor's seat.

Beginning this year, the town is adopting staggered terms. To get on track with that schedule, whoever is elected to Council posts 1 and 2 will serve two-year terms, while Council posts 3 and 4 will serve four-year terms.

Qualifying fees are $30 for mayor and $25 for council posts. Qualifying will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Newborn Town Hall at 4346 Ga. Highway 142.

Qualifiers in all municipalities will be required to fill out a notice of candidacy and should bring a photo ID.

Crystal Tatum can be reached at crystal.tatum@newtoncitizen.com.

SideBar: At a glance

As of Monday afternoon the following candidates had qualified:


· Council Post 1, East Ward: Chris Smith

· Council Post 2, West Ward: Hawnethia Williams (incumbent); Charles Wilborn


· Post 6: Terry Smith


· Post 4: Mike Harper


· Mayor: James King; Roger Sheridan

· Council Post 1: Gene Downs

· Council Post 2: John Donaldson

· Council Post 3: Thomas Krieger

· Council Post 4: Martha Ellwanger

No one had qualified in Mansfield as of deadline.