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A slow start to qualifying

POSTED: August 29, 2011 7:05 p.m.

The first day of qualifying for municipal elections went by quietly.

No prospective candidates signed up to run for Guyton’s seats while two men qualified to run for Rincon City Council.

Harry Capwell and Gregory Brunson filed the necessary paperwork to run for one of three seats on the Rincon council.

In Springfield, Steve Shealy qualified to run for city council. Butch Kieffer, who was elected to city council in 2003, is opting not to run for re-election.

Seats up for election in Guyton include MayorMichael Garvin’s post and two aldermen positions, currently held by Les Peavy and Dr. Brenda Lovett. The qualifying fee for the mayor’s post is $36 and the fee to qualify for either aldermen’s post is $18.

Qualifying fee for Rincon City Council is set at $54. Rincon City Council seats up for election are those held by Ken Baxley, Reese Browher and Paul Wendelken. Baxley, who opted not to run for re-election in 2009, was appointed to fill the seat vacated when Ann Daniel resigned.

Springfield has set its qualifying fee at $25. Three of six Springfield City Council seats, those held by Troy Allen, Butch Kieffer and Gary Weitman, are up for election this year. Weitman, who previously had served on city council, was appointed to fill the unexpired term of Max Neidlinger when Neidlinger stepped down from his post earlier this year.

Qualifying ends Friday at 4:30 p.m.

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