Contested races for mayor set in Senoia, Moreland
by Sarah Fay Campbell
There will be contested races for mayor in Senoia and Moreland this November, and at least one contested race for a seat on the Grantville City Council.
Municipal elections qualifying for cities and towns in Coweta began Monday and ends today.
In Senoia, there are three candidates for mayor: Councilman Larry Owens; Suzanne Helfman, chairwoman of the Senoia Downtown Development Authority; and Don Rehman, a frequent speaker at city council meetings.
Chuck Eichorst has qualified for city council Post 1, currently held by Larry Owens, and Councilman Jeffrey Fisher qualified to run for reelection to his Post 2 seat. For the first time ever, Senoia council members qualify for a specific post instead of all candidates running together.
In Moreland, Mayor Josh Evans is being challenged by Alderman Dick Ford. David Lee and Troy Payne have qualified for two seats on the Moreland Board of Aldermen.
In Grantville, Councilwoman Rochelle Jabaley has two challengers for her Post 4 seat: Marion Cieslik and Leonard Gomez.
David Riley has qualified for the Post 3 seat currently held by Selma Coty.
So far, there are no contested seats in Newnan, Sharpsburg, Turin or Haralson.
In Newnan, incumbent Mayor Keith Brady qualified for run for reelection, and so did councilmen Rhodes Shell and Ray DuBose. Scott Cosby qualified for the open council seat created by redistricting.
Turin Mayor Alan Starr qualified to run for reelection, as did council members George Harris and Cindy Purcell.
In Haralson, Scott Beaumont qualified for one council seat. There had been no one to qualify for the second council seat as of late Tuesday. And in Sharpsburg, Keith Rhodes qualified for his Post 4 seat. No one has qualified for Clay Cole's Post 2 seat. Sharpsburg qualifying ends at noon today.
Qualifying for the other cities and towns continues until 4:30 p.m. today.
Candidates in Senoia, Sharpsburg, Newnan and Grantville qualify at their respective city halls. Candidates for Turin, Haralson and Moreland qualify in the Coweta County Administration Building.
For more information, call 678-854-0015.