COVINGTON - Qualifying for the Nov. 3 Municipal Election brought out some political newcomers as well as seasoned veterans this week.
Qualifying closed at 4:30 p.m. Friday.
It appears the most contested race is for mayor of Newborn, with three candidates, including incumbent J.W. Cummings, in the running. Most council post races are uncontested.
Candidates who qualified are:
Council Post 1, East Ward: Chris Smith
Council Post 2, West Ward: Hawnethia Williams (incumbent); Charles Wilborn
Council Post 3, West Ward: Ocie Franklin (incumbent)
Post 4: Sue Dale; Tillie Smith
Post 5: Jim Windham (incumbent)
Post 6: Terry Smith (incumbent)
Post 3: Arline Chapman (incumbent)
Post 4: Mike Harper (incumbent)
Post 5: Lowell Chambers (incumbent); Andy Grimes
Mayor: J.W. Cummings (incumbent); James King; Roger Sheridan
Council Post 1: Gene Downs
Council Post 2: John Donaldson
Council Post 3: Thomas Krieger
Council Post 4: Wanda Cummings (incumbent); Martha Ellwanger
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.
Council Post 3: Lyra Cocchi (incumbent)
Council Post 4: Larry Haigwood (incumbent)
Council Post 5: Larry Cummins (incumbent)
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