Potential candidates thinking about throwing a hat into the political ring in the upcoming city elections have only a week left to make up their minds.
“The deadline to submit completed candidate petitions is at noon, Aug. 18,” said election administrator Donna Smith of the deadline to qualify to run for McMinnville mayor or one of the three alderman spots up for grabs this November. There will also be municipal elections in Centertown, Morrison and Viola, with deadlines falling on the same day.
In the city of McMinnville, it is still a two-way race for mayor as incumbent Mayor Jimmy Haley is being challenged by Alderman Jimmy Bonner, with no other qualifying petitions picked up. Bonner is also running for reelection to his alderman post. Haley is finishing his first term as mayor.
Along with Bonner’s alderman seat, the positions held by Ben Newman and Mike Neal are also up for grabs. Both aldermen had picked up qualifying petitions but had not returned them to be placed on the ballot as of Tuesday. Other potential candidates who have picked up qualifying papers but have not qualified to run yet include David Hill, Joe O’Neal and John Shields.
A political newcomer, Kate Medley Alsbrook, has qualified to run for city alderman.
To seek office, the person must be a city resident and obtain 25 signatures of registered city voters on their petition which is submitted to the election office.