COVINGTON — Qualifying in municipal elections ended at 4:30 Friday afternoon, setting the stage for Nov. 5 elections in four of the six municipalities in Newton and Rockdale counties. There will be no elections in Mansfield or Newborn as only incumbents signed up to run for office.
Covington will have the most hotly contested races with three people running for mayor and four others running for two council seats. Post 1 West incumbent Kenneth Morgan was the only qualifier for his seat, so he will be uncontested in the election.
Covington candidates are as follows:
Ronnie Johnston (incumbent)
Rev. Eric Threets
(Rev. James “Tim” Walden Sr. had announced his candidacy for mayor, but did not qualify, according to Newton County Board of Elections and Registration Director Angela Mantle.)
Post 2 East
(Incumbent Michael Whatley had already said he would not seek another term)
Post 3 East
Josh McKelvey (incumbent)
In the Conyers election, one incumbent will return to office uncontested while another faces a challenger. District 4 Councilman John Fountain is not seeking re-election, and two candidates have qualified to seek that post.
Conyers candidates are as follows:
District 2, Post 2
Jacob Bailey (incumbent)
Gerald Hinesley (incumbent)
Oxford Mayor Jerry Roseberry is not seeking re-election, and two candidates have signed up to compete for that post, including Michael Ready, who currently represents Post 3 on the council.
Oxford candidates are as follows:
David S. Eady
Lynn Branham Bohanan
George R. Holt (incumbent)
Despite recent calls for new leadership in Porterdale, only one of three council races is contested. Mayor Arline Chapman will return to office without a challenge, as will City Council member Linda Finger.
Porterdale candidates are as follows:
Arline Chapman (incumbent)
Terry Gray (incumbent)
Angela “Niki” Wescott
Linda Finger (incumbent)
In Mansfield, three incumbents will return to office — Mayor G.W. Davis Jr.; Post 1 Councilman Perry Lunsford; and Post 2 Councilwoman Helen Robertson.
In Newborn, incumbents Robert Bratton, Post 1, and Tom Krieger, Post 2, will be sworn in to serve new four-year terms.