Race for mayor up for grabs

Elections qualifying set for Grantville

by Clay Neely

Jim Sells’ recent decision to not seek re-election in November now leaves the mayor’s race in Grantville wide open.

The city of Granville announced that qualifying for its Nov. 4 election will be held during the three-day period of Aug. 25-27.

The qualifying fees for city council positions are $72 and $108 for the mayor.

Along with the race for mayor, Posts 1 and 2 of the Grantville City Council are up for grabs. Currently, the positions are held by Johnny Cooks and Barham Lundy. Neither have given official word on whether they will run again, although Lundy has said in council meetings he will not.

If any candidate wishes to officially start campaigning or fundraising, they will have to file a declaration of intent with the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission.

This can be filed when a candidate qualifies by the Grantville city clerk. A candidate can also file a declaration of intent online by visiting the Ethics.ga.gov website.

Because of the way the terms of the Grantville mayor and council are staggered, the next election will not be until 2017.

According to Jane Scoggins, Coweta County elections superintendent, this is not the standard set by the state of Georgia.

“It’s certainly different and it’s been that way for a while,” Scoggins said. “They had an election last year, one this year and then the next one will be in three years unless they change to odd years.”

Grantville currently holds elections for two consecutive years instead of the standard schedule of two years apart.

Sells acknowledged the anomaly and says that Grantville will soon fall in line with the rest of the state in regards to their voting schedule.

“What we’ll ultimately have to do is elect a mayor and council for either a shorter or longer term to get on track, so it will be a one time deal,” Sells said.

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