Only two races to be con­tested

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - GABRIEL KHOULI gkhouli@cov­news.com

This Novem­ber’s city elec­tion fig­ures to be a quiet one, as there will be only two con­tested city coun­cil races — one apiece in Cov­ing­ton and Mans­field — in the en­tire county.

Qual­i­fy­ing for those seats ended this week, and the only two con­tested races will be:

• Cov­ing­ton City Coun­cil Post 1 east, be­tween in­cum­bent Chris Smith and Mau­rice Carter;

• Mans­field Post 4, be­tween in­cum­bent Lisa Dunn and Larry Cum­mins (who is ac­tu­ally also an in­cum­bent, though he cur­rently holds the Post 5 seat)

New­born, Ox­ford and Por­terdale will have no con­tested races. New­born Town Clerk Lisa Rowe said New­born’s three qual­i­fy­ing can­di­dates will all be au­to­mat­i­cally elected with­out for­mal elec­tions; Por­terdale and Ox­ford are also not ex­pected to hold elec­tions.

Can­di­dates who qual­i­fied, by city, are: Cov­ing­ton

Post 1 East Ward – in­cum­bent Chris Smith and Mau­rice Carter

Post 2 West Ward – in­cum­bent Hawnethia Wil­liams

Post 3 West Ward – in­cum­bent Ocie Franklin

Por­terdale Post 3 – in­cum­bent Tim Sav­age Post 4 - in­cum­bent Mike Harper Post 5 – in­cum­bent Low­ell Cham­bers

Ox­ford Post 4 – in­cum­bent David Eady Post 5 – in­cum­bent Jim Wind­ham Post 6 – in­cum­bent Terry Smith

New­born

Mayor – in­cum­bent Roger W. Sheri­dan Post 3 – Ruth Sams Post 4 – in­cum­bent Martha Ell­wanger Sams will be new to the coun­cil. Post 3 had been held by Tom Krieger, but he is work­ing more out of town and said he didn’t know if he could de­vote enough time to the po­si­tion, Town Clerk Lisa Rowe said. Sams is re­tired.

Mans­field Post 3 – Jeff Ri­ley, busi­ness owner (Lyra Coc­chi is the in­cum­bent.) Post 4 – in­cum­bent Lisa Dunn and Larry Cum­mins Post 5 - Matt Clark (Larry Cum­mins is the in­cum­bent.) Ri­ley and Clark are both new to the coun­cil. Ri­ley is a busi­ness owner in the de­sign, print­ing and pro­mo­tions field, and Clark is a soft­ware de­vel­oper, ac­cord­ing to their qual­i­fy­ing ap­pli­ca­tions. Lyra Coc­chi holds the post 3 seat, but she de­cided not to run again. Cum­mins holds the post 5 seat but ap­par­ently de­cided to run against Dunn in­stead of seek­ing his own seat. With the ex­cep­tion of Cov­ing­ton, which has east and west wards, res­i­dents of other cities can run for what­ever seat they wish. In Cov­ing­ton, res­i­dents must run in the ward in which they live, but they can run for any of the three posts for that ward.

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