Sells to seek re-election
by Clay Neely
Grantville Mayor Jim Sells has officially qualified to run for a second term as mayor of Grantville.
His qualifying Monday comes less than one month following his announcing a decision to not seek re-election.
In Grantville, there are three municipal races on the November ballot. The seats held by Mayor Sells and Council Members Barham Lundy and Johnny Cooks are all up for election.
As of Tuesday, Sells will be facing Mark King and Doug Jewell for the mayoral race. Rolf Docterman and Ruby Evans Hines have qualified for City Council Post 2, currently held by Council Member Johnny Cooks. Barham Lundy is currently running unopposed for City Council Post 1.
Qualifying for the Grantville city election ends today.
The Grantville races will be the only municipal ones on this year’s ballot, barring any resignations and special elections. All Coweta’s other municipalities have elections in odd-numbered years.
Regarding his change of heart, Sells said in a prepared statement, “I am committed to the city of Grantville and its residents. After deep personal consideration and extensive conversations with city residents and stakeholders, I resolved that we must finish the good work that we have started.” Sells went on to add, “In the weeks leading up to election day, I look forward to sharing my vision for a better, stronger, and united Grantville.”
Sells said he initially stepped out of the race, hoping to see someone step up. However, it hasn’t happened, according to Sells.
“I was hoping to see someone who wants to encourage business growth,” Sells said. “There are candidates who don’t represent the citizens of our city and want to keep things the way they are.”
However, Sells indicated he feels very optimistic about his candidacy and anticipates a very interesting campaign.
“I think the citizens of any town deserve to have several different options for an election,” Sells said.