Davis qualifies in the last minutes

The Muscogee elections office was on "Glenn Watch" for a few tense moments today as the end of local candidate qualifying neared and no one had heard from Columbus Councilor Glenn Davis.

Elections director Nancy Boren was checking state election law to see what she would have to do if no one qualified for District 2, the north Columbus area Davis represents.

At 11:48 a.m., 12 minutes before qualifying ended at noon, Davis finally came marching in. "I thought I had until 5," he told Boren. Qualifying previously ended at 5 p.m. each day this week, but ends at noon on the last day.

Davis, 47, said he was conducting business in Phenix City this morning when messages on his cell phone began to accrue. "I got about 10 calls from friends all over, saying, 'Where are you?' " he said.

Davis is the only candidate for Council District 2.

Also qualifying Friday morning were three more school board candidates: Christopher Seldon qualified on his 36th birthday to challenge incumbent Pat Hugley Green for District 1. Green also faces Mary G. Walker, 66, in that race.

Duane Melvin, 43, qualified to run for the District 3 seat held by James Walker.

Christopher Ryan Newbern, 24, qualified to run for the board's District 7 seat being vacated by the Rev. Joe Roberson. Norene Marvets, 49, also is seeking that seat.

Here are the candidates who previously qualified this week:

Ralph Johnson, 51, the incumbent Muscogee sheriff.

John Darr, 41, Muscogee sheriff. a Democrat, in November.

Mary G. Walker, 66, School Board District 1.

Patricia Hugley Green, 44, School Board District 1.

C.E. "Red" McDaniel, 76, Council District 8 incumbent.

Stephen Matthew Miller, 26, Council District 8.

Terry Yarbrough, 49, Council District 8.

Evelyn Turner Pugh, 58, Council District 4 incumbent.

Gary Allen, 55, Council District 6 incumbent.

Clinton Chad Perkins, 33, Council District 6.

"Skip" Henderson, 49, at-large District 10 incumbent.

Bert Coker, 52, at-large District 10.

James Walker, 76, School Board District 3 incumbent.

Rob Varner, 51, School Board District 5.

Norene Marvets, 49, School Board District 7. Maureen Gottfried, 47, State Court judge incumbent.

Gil McBride, 46, Superior Court judge. Alonza Whitaker, 52, Superior Court judge.

John Allen, 65, Superior Court judge incumbent.

Robert Johnston III, 59, Superior Court judge incumbent.

Bobby Peters, 59, Superior Court judge incumbent.

Doug Pullen, 63, Superior Court judge incumbent.