It’s on! Qualifying begins today for municipal elections

Published 12:33 am Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Candidates seeking office in this summer’s municipal elections can begin qualifying when city halls open today.

In Andalusia, Babbie, Carolina, Florala, Gantt, Heath, Horn Hill, Libertyville, Lockart, Onycha, Opp, Red Level, River Falls, Sanford, 2016 is the year of municipal elections.

In Andalusia, the mayor’s office and all council seats are open, as well as board of education seats two and four, currently held by Amy Dugger and Bill King.

Mayor Earl Johnson has announced his intention to seek reelection. At least two other people have social media campaign pages stating they are seeking office, but neither has announced their campaigns in traditional media.

All five current council members in Andalusia – Will Sconiers, Kennith Mount, Hazel Griffin, Ralph Wells and Terry Powell – have said they are seeking reelection.

In Opp, John Bartholomew is seeking election to a second term. To date, challengers Becky Bracke and T.D. Morgan have issued official campaign announcements, and four others are said to be seeking the office.

In Florala, Mayor Robert Williamson will not seek reelection. Current council member Marvin Williford, former Covington County superintendent of Education Terry Holley, and political newcomer Justin Jackson are actively campaigning for mayor.

To seek the office of mayor or city council, a candidate must:

• Be 18

• Have been a resident of the city and state for 90 days prior to election.

• Be a U.S. Citizen.

• Be registered to vote.

Qualifying ends at 5 p.m. on Tues., July 19.