Zeph Baker to challenge Councillor Barnes

mowen@ledger-enquirer.comMarch 5, 2014 

Zeph Baker

Zeph Baker, who lost a mayoral runoff to Teresa Tomlinson in 2010 and was until today a declared candidate for mayor this year, has left that race and qualified to challenge Columbus Councilor Pops Barnes for the District 1 seat, according to documents filed in the city’s Elections and Registration office.

Baker, 37, lists his occupation as “entrepreneur” on his affidavit of qualification, filed this morning.

Barnes, 70, has represented District 1 since 2006, when he defeated incumbent Councilor Nathan Suber in a runoff.

Baker is the second candidate to challenge a seated councilor this year. On Tuesday, Felicia Hamilton, a 43-year-old self-employed Fortson woman filed her Declaration of Intention and her qualification affidavit to challenge District 9 at-large Councilor Judy Thomas.

Baker’s departure from the mayor’s race leaves incumbent Tomlinson, challenger Colin Martin, who qualified Tuesday, and challenger Ernest Henderson, who has yet to qualify.

Also qualifying today was John Thomas, who is seeking John Wells’ District 2 seat on the Muscogee County School Board, a seat also sought by John “Bart” Steed, who qualified Tuesday.

Qualifying for the May 20 local elections ends Friday at noon.

Stay with ledger-enquirer.com for updates on qualifying throughout today and the week

WHO’S QUALIFIED

MUSCOGEE COUNTY

Mayor: Incumbent Teresa Tomlinson, Colin Martin

State Court judge: Incumbent Andy Prather

Council

District 1: Incumbent Pop Barnes, Zeph Baker

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, John Thomas

District 4: Incumbent Naomi Buckner

District 6: Incumbent Mark Cantrell

District 8: Incumbent Beth Harris, Frank Myers

At-large District: Nate Sanderson, Kia Chambers

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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