2010-05-27 / Front Page

Four candidates qualify for Post 2 council seat

For the first time in at least 30 years — if ever, four individuals have qualified to run for one seat on the Lincolnton City Council.

Qualifying was held Wednesday, May 19, through Friday, May 21, to fill the unexpired term of Jeremy Dawkins, who resigned from council, effective April 22, 2010.

His term is set to expire December 31, 2011.

The four candidates vying for the Post 2 seat in the non-partisan race are:

.. Alana G. Burke. Burke retired last year as the executive director of the Lincoln County Development Authority. She presently serves on the Augusta Technical College’s board of directors and is a regional consultant for the Georgia Work Ready Program.

.. Wilmer Byrd. Upon retiring from the garment industry in 2003, Byrd began a career in law enforcement. After working for the Lincolnton Police Department for one year, he is currently serving as a deputy with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.

.. Melvin “Boochie” Harris. After a four-year stint in the United States Navy, Harris worked as a jailer for four years and then as a deputy for another four years at the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office before taking a job with the Richmond County Marshals Department. He is now a security police officer with the Wackenhut Corporation at the Savannah River Site in Aiken, South Carolina.

.. Dwain Moss. Moss retired in 2002 as the guidance counselor at LCHS. He is also a former member of the city council.

According to another former councilman, Robert Glaze, who began his first term in 1980, “I’ve never known that many people to run for one seat – the most I’ve seen is two. It should make for an interesting election.”

The municipal election will coincide with the General Primary, slated for Tuesday, July 20.

“The city election will be held on the same day, but it will be conducted as a totally separate election,” stated Kelvin Williams, executive director of elections. “This is necessary because people in the county cannot vote in the city election. The municipal election will take place on one side of The Lincoln Center, and the county election on the other.”

Some city residents will have to cast ballots on both sides.

Early voting in the city election will begin 21 days prior to the election. During early voting, citizens can vote in person at The Lincoln Center, without having to provide a reason.

All that is needed is a photo ID, which can be issued at The Lincoln Center. Other forms of identification include a Georgia driver’s license, even if it has expired; any valid state or federal government-issued photo ID; a valid United States military photo; and a valid United States passport.

The last day to register to vote in the General Primary/Special Election/ Municipal Election is Monday, June 21.

Voter registration sites include the Lincoln County Board of Elections and Voter Registration at The Lincoln Center on May Avenue (Thomson Highway); the Lincoln County Courthouse on Humphrey Street; Dean’s Beauty Salon, Metasville Road; and City Hall, the Lincoln County Library, the Lincoln County Health Department, and the Lincoln County Department of Family and Children Services, all on Peachtree Street.

For more information about voter registration, contact the Lincoln County Board of Elections and Voter Registration at 706-359-6126.

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