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Braxton to set special election

By MARLAN JONES,

Only two candidates qualified before the deadline and participated in the recent municipal election in Braxton.

Incumbents Mayor Mable Everett and Alderwoman Georgia Smith were the only candidates to qualify, leaving four positions on the Board of Aldermen available.

 According to Lea Smith of the Secretary of State’s Office, the current Board of Aldermen will serve until their terms expire on June 30. Afterwards the governing authority in Braxton will have to call for a special election to fill the vacant positions.

According to the Secretary of State’s Municipal Election Handbook, the governing authorities must enter an order on the official minutes requiring an election to be held in the municipality to fill the vacancy and fixing a date upon which such election will be held. 

This order must be entered at the next regular meeting of the governing authorities after the occurrence of the vacancy, or at a special meeting to be held not later than ten (10) days after the occurrence of the vacancy.  The order must set the election on a date not less than thirty (30) days nor more than forty-five (45) days after the date on which the order is adopted.

Mayor Mable Everett and the staff at City Hall explained the process moving forward. The board consisting of Everett and Smith will meet next Monday following the expiration of the term. The current plan is to set a special election in August. If during this time candidates fail to qualify and run for the positions then it falls to the Everett and Smith to appointment members to the board.

 

Magee Farmers Market Continues, June 24

The Magee Farmers Market opens to the public Saturday, June 17, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in the parking lot on West Choctaw St., next to the Magee Community House.  Vendors pay a $10 fee and complete an application, returnable to Magee City Hall, prior to market day.  Items sold include fruits, vegetables, eggs, baked goods, jellies, jams and dairy products.