Aragon coun­cil sees two more join mu­nic­i­pal bal­lot for 2017

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL - By Kevin Myrick Ed­i­tor

The qual­i­fy­ing pe­riod for the City of Aragon’s coun­cil race was opened once again af­ter a can­di­date dropped out ahead of a chal­lenge hear­ing, and now it’s a con­tested elec­tion once again.

Two more can­di­dates joined the race for coun­cil seats up for vote this year, with Can­dace Seiz and Michelle Wil­son get­ting on the bal­lot last Wed­nes­day with Jud­son Fee and Amy Causey for three at-large po­si­tions up this year.

Qual­i­fy­ing re- opened last week on Wed­nes­day on a make-up day, which was orig­i­nally sched­uled for last Mon­day but had to be put off af­ter the county ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fices closed ahead of the im­pact of Hur­ri­cane Irma on the area.

The pe­riod was re­quired when af­ter Linda Hil­burn dropped her can­di­dacy for the up­com­ing elec­tion ahead of a chal­lenge posed based on res­i­dency re­quire­ments

The chal­lenge was dropped with her de­par­ture from the race late last week.

Aragon’s trio of seats open this elec­tion are for a seat cur­rently held by Hunter Spinks, who plans to leave the coun­cil when his time fill­ing the seat held by Kevin Prewett ends at the be­gin­ning of 2018. The seat for­merly held by Kelsey Col­lum, who re­signed in Au­gust and also pulled out of the coun­cil race af­ter qual­i­fy­ing, and the seat held by Tammy Mulkey who re­signed in May, are also up for vote.

Check back in next week’s edi­tion when we fi­nally get to put out our large guide on lo­cal can­di­dates in mu­nic­i­pal elec­tions in Novem­ber 2017 in Aragon, Cedar­town and for the Dis­trict 6 Board of Ed­u­ca­tion seat in Rock­mart.

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