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.
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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
Mayor: Incumbent Teresa Tomlinson, Colin Martin
State Court judge: Incumbent Andy Prather
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
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
District 2: Morgan Marlowe
District 7: LaTrenda Tyler-Jones
District 1: Incumbent Charles Wyatt (R)
District 2: Andrew Sivell (R)
District 3: Incumbent Becky Langston, Marcus Bice (R)
Post 3: Incumbent Gerald Douglas
Post 4: Incumbent Walter F. Rosso
Post 5: Incumbent Donald Moore