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Newman won't seek return to mayor seat
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McMinnville Mayor Ben Newman says he’s 100 percent sure he won’t run for the position this year. - photo by Lisa Hobbs

Candidates who are eyeing a run for city government can pick up petitions beginning June 22 to qualify for the ballot Nov. 3.

In McMinnville, the office of mayor is up for grabs. Mayor Ben Newman has announced his intentions not to run for the position. He was elected in 2016 as an alderman and for the last two years has completed the remaining mayoral term of Jimmy Haley.

“I’m 100 percent sure that I will not seek the office of mayor,” said Newman. “I’m about 80 percent sure that I will not seek office as an alderman.” 

Also on the ballot will be three of the city’s six alderman seats, those currently held by Kate Alsbrook, Rachel Kirby and Mike Neal.

“At the present, I have no intention of seeking any municipal seat this year,” said Neal. 

Alsbrook may also bid farewell.

“My short answer is no,” said Alsbrook when asked if she would seek reelection. “If you would have asked me six months ago, my definite answer would have been yes. However, my family and I suffered a miscarriage last year. My focus this year is on my health and the future of my family. I hope to have the answers I need before qualifying papers are due. If I do sit this election out, I intend on running in 2022.”

Kirby, who was appointed by the board to fill the remaining term belonging to Newman when he became mayor, wants to be elected to her first term. 

“I will be running for a seat on the board,” said Kirby. “I would like the opportunity to continue working on the projects that the city currently has underway. This board works well as a team and I would love to be a part of it and the future of McMinnville.”

According to Election Commission administrator Susie Davenport, that ballot will also contain mayoral elections in Centertown and Viola, and all will elect at least some, if not all, aldermen.

“In Centertown, the mayor’s office along with both alderman positions are up for election, while Morrison will see three alderman spots on the ballot,” said Davenport. “Viola will have its mayor, along with all five aldermen, up for election.”

Those wishing to qualify must pick up a petition at the election office and obtain the signatures of at least 25 registered voters from the towns in which they are running. 

“All four cities in Warren County allow for property rights voting,” said Davenport, “but the signatures of voters who are only city voters by virtue of owning and registering on city property cannot be used on qualifying petitions.”

Qualifying period is June 22 to Aug. 20 at noon.

Anyone with questions is encouraged to call the Warren County Election Office at 473-5834.