This month’s election saw more participation than ever in recent memory and the next round of elections seems to be following suit.
Almost every town and city in Tipton County – everyone except Brighton – will be holding elections for mayor and aldermen. (All of Brighton’s elected officials will be on the ballot in 2020.)
There are contested mayoral races in Covington and Mason.
The mayors of Atoka, Covington, Garland and Mason are all running for re-election – others aren’t up until 2020 – but only two of them will have opposition.
John E. Edwards, who took over his father’s position as alderman in 2005 when John M. Edwards died, announced in May his plans to run for mayor against incumbent Justin Hanson, who’s been in office since 2014.
Celia Jones Chastain and current alderman Emmit Gooden will be challenging Gwendolyn Kilpatrick, who has been the town’s mayor since 2015.
Atoka mayor Daryl Walker and Garland mayor Ben Little have no opposition.
None of the positions of mayor, in Tipton County, are full-time, except in Covington and Mason, where the position will transition to full-time following the election.
There are dozens of people running for alderman all over the county.
In each city – except Burlison, where one councilperson will be elected, and Garland, where voters will choose six alderman and a recorder – voters will be choosing three aldermen.
Here’s who’s running, broken down by city:
In Atoka, incumbents Barry Akin and Danny Feldmayer are up against 10 challengers for alderman.
Others who’ve thrown their proverbial hats in the ring include Ryan Ripperton, Christy Renfrow, Daniel Lee, Gregory Billings, Christopher “Cody” Pace, Bruce McConnell, Keith Richter, John Harber, Pamela Johnson and Scott Cooper.
The third seat up for re-election is that of former alderman Mike Joyner. He moved out of the city limits this past spring and Marianne Dunavant, who expressed from the beginning she was not looking for a permanent position on the board, has been filling in since his resignation.
Incumbent Danny Howard is running for re-election as alderman. He has no opposition.
In Covington, unlike everywhere else, representation is done through districting (here’s the district map) and each district has two aldermen. Half of the board is up for re-election every two years.
J.B. Leverette, Olean Anderson, Shelvie Rose, Brian “Moody” Max and Johnetta Yarbrough are running to fill the District 1 seat, which Edwards has held for 13 years.
Mac McGowan is running for re-election in District 2 and will be challenged by Jeff Morris, Catina Stark and Wanda Lynn Bellow.
Billy Yancy and Danny Wallace are running to represent District 3. Alderman Drew Glass, who was appointed to fill Bill Scruggs’ unexpired term in early 2015, is not running.
In Garland, Lisa McClain is running to keep the recorder position and Kelley Gray and Clayton Wilson are running to stay on as aldermen. Audrey Peach and David Fike are also running for aldermen.
Incumbent Brian Shoemaker and Donna Fletcher are running for aldermen. There are three positions up and only two qualified candidates, so a write-in will fill the third position up for grabs.
Mason aldermen Joe Nelson and Gloria Whitley are running for re-election and Sylvester Harvey, Sandra Norvell, Sha’Te Toliver, Eddie Noeman and Carolyn Catron have also qualified to run.
Glenn Turner and Robert Dodson are running with incumbents Sue Arthur and Jack Bomar for Munford aldermen. Bob Wilson, who was appointed to serve the remainder of the late Johnny Crigger’s unexpired term, is not seeking re-election.
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