Whether because city officials are doing an excellent job of governing, the nature of public office is seen as too onerous to invite challenge, public apathy has reached a new level, or some other reason, the 2015 city elections are effectively over but for one race. The exception is the Monticello City Council Group 5 seat, which two newcomers are contesting. Otherwise, the four other city offices up for election in November were effectively decided during qualification week, which ran June 15 -19. Deputy Elections Supervisor Lee Davis reports that Group 5 incumbent Gerrold Austin chose not to qualify. In his place, political newcomers Troy Avera and Steve Hall entered the race. Avera is a retired airlines pilot and co-owner of the Avera-Clarke Bed & Breakfast. And Hall works at Tillman Funeral Home and is related to County Commissioner Eugene Hall. Meanwhile, City Clerk Emily Anderson, Police Chief Fred Mosley, Group 3 City Councilwoman Julie Conley and Group 4 Councilman John Jones drew no opposition, assuring each of reelection to their respective offices. Anderson now will enter her fourth term, Mosley his third, Conley her first (after serving the remainder of her predecessor’s and discounting the four years she served on the council from 2004 to 2008), and Jones enters his third uninterrupted term, discounting the two earlier terms he served on the council from 1996 to 2004. Davis noted that the August primary would not take place. Instead, the Group 5 City Council race will be decided in the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 3, she said. For more information, contact the elections office at 997-3348.
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