Recent qualifying for city elections came to an end with the exit of August.An election will be held November 5th to decide who will fill council seats in the cities of Nelson and Talking Rock. No one qualified in Jasper so all current council members will be returning next year.
In Nelson, Larry Ray will face no opposition for the position of mayor while current council members Jackie Jarrett and Edith Portillo will return. Thad Thacker qualified as well as two additional seats on the city council are open for voting consideration. Whomever receives the most votes will fill those positions.
Talking Rock will see a little more action as Mayor Peter Cagle Jr. will face-off against Carol Opdenhoff. The remainder of the election will involve city council as follows:
For City Council – Post 1 – Angelia Payne (Incumbent) vs. Terri Jordan
For City Council – Post 2 – Lynda Cagle (Incumbent) vs. Cheryl Sams
For City Council – Post 3 – Charles Opdenhoff (Incumbent)
For City Council – Post 4 -Espey Smith (Incumbent)
For City Council – Post 5 -Randall Payne (Incumbent) vs. Jessica Quinton Wells