Mayoral challenger Colin Martin qualifies for May election

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Mayoral challenger Colin Martin qualified for the May 20 mayoral election Monday, as did the three incumbent councilors who face reelection this year and did not qualify Monday, according to documents provided by the city’s Elections and Registration Office.

District 3 Councilor Bruce Huff, District 5 Councilor Mike Baker and District 7 Councilor Mimi Woodson qualified Tuesday. District 1 Councilor Pops Barnes and District 9 at-large Councilor Judy Thomas qualified Monday.

Also qualifying Tuesday was the first opponent for an incumbent councilor. Felicia Hamilton, a 43-year-old self-employed Fortson woman filed her Declaration of Intention and her qualification affidavit Tuesday.

Mayor Teresa Tomlinson qualified Monday, but declared mayoral candidates Zeph Baker and Ernest Henderson had yet to by 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Nate Sanderson qualified Tuesday, making him the first of the four candidates who have declared for the school board’s at-large seat to do so. Kia Chambers, Owen Ditchfield and Mitch Zamora have yet to qualify.

Muscogee County School Board incumbents Naomi Buckner (District 4) and Mark Cantrell (District 6) qualified Monday with no opposition so far. District 2 incumbent John Wells qualified Monday, as did John “Bart” Steed for Wells’ seat. District 8 incumbent Beth Harris qualified, as did Frank Myers for her seat.

Qualifying closes Friday at noon for the May 20 election.

Martin, a former chamber of commerce vice president who now lists himself as business manager of his wife’s medical practice, will face Tomlinson, an attorney and former executive director of Midtown Inc.

Tomlinson’s 2010 run for mayor was her first venture for elected office. Martin has run for Council, losing to Councilor Glenn Davis in 2002, and also ran a campaign against the 1999 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, which passed.

Elsewhere, Post 4 incumbent Walter F. Rosso qualified Tuesday to run for re-election on the Chattahoochee County Commission.

WHO’S QUALIFIED

MUSCOGEE COUNTY

Mayor: Incumbent Teresa Tomlinson, Colin Martin

State Court judge: Incumbent Andy Prather

Council

District 1: Pop Barnes

District 3: Bruce Huff

District 5: Mike Baker

District 7: Mimi Woodson

District at large: Incumbent Judy Thomas, Felicia Hamilton

School board

District 2: Incumbent John Wells, John “Bart” Steed

District 4: Incumbent Naomi Buckner

District 6: Incumbent Mark Cantrell

District 8: Incumbent Beth Harris, Frank Myers

At-large District: Nate Sanderson

HARRIS COUNTY

School board

District 2: Morgan Marlowe

District 7: LaTrenda Tyler-Jones

Commission

District 1: Incumbent Charles Wyatt (R)

District 2: Andrew Sivell (R)

District 3: Incumbent Becky Langston, Marcus Bice (R)

CHATTAHOOCHEE COUNTY

Commission

Post 3: Incumbent Gerald Douglas

Post 4: Incumbent Walter F. Rosso

Post 5: Incumbent Donald Moore

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