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The 2014 election season isn't yet over, which is evident with a quick drive around any neighborhood in the county.
New political signs are beginning to pop up in yards as candidates for municipal offices begin their campaigns.
The filing deadline for the Nov. 4 election was Aug. 21, however the Tipton County Election Commission is still working to qualify petitions.
In Covington, incumbent mayor David Gordon is seeking re-election and has opposition in former Action News 5 reporter Justin Hanson.
Covington aldermen John E. Edwards (District 1), Tommy Black (District 2) and Bill Scruggs (District 3) are running for re-election. Wayne G. "Mac" McGowan is also running for the District 2 seat.
The Town of Mason has seven people - Frank Boyland, Emmit Gooden, Elcanius Hughey, Gwendolyn Kilpatrick, Sandra Norvell, Linne Waddell and Gloria Whitley - running for six seats on the board. Mayor David Smith is running for re-election and is unopposed.
In Atoka, mayor Daryl Walker is running for re-election without opposition. Aldermen Barry Akin, Danny Feldmayer and Mike Joyner are hoping to keep their seats on the board; Jack Smith is the fourth person on the ballot to fill three seats.
Munford has four running for three seats as well - Sue Arthur, John S. Bomar, Jack Foraker and Todd Martchek - with Ray Deneka running for election to finish the term originally held by Terry Colin, who resigned her position when her husband, Peter, was hired as the town administrator.
Garland has three candidates - Kelley Gray, Donald Anthony Hardwick and Clayton Wilson- running for six seats on the board . Mayor Ben Little is running for re-election and Lisa M. McClain is running for town recorder.
Brian J. Shoemaker, Carolyn Sloan and John Paul Walker are running for Gilt Edge's three councilman seats.
Danny Howard is running for councilman in Burlison.
Also included on the November ballot are the offices of governor, U.S. Senator, U.S. Congressman (8th district) and state representative (81st district). Incumbent Debra Moody (R-Covington) won the Republican primary earlier this month. No Democratic candidate filed.
Residents may register to vote until Oct. 6. Early voting runs from Oct. 15-30 in Munford and Covington. Per new ordinances, non-resident property owners must now vote by absentee ballot.
For more information, see tiptonco.com/election_commission/index.php.

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