2017-03-15 / Front Page

Special election for mayor is March 21

By Diana Royal

Next week, the citizens of Waynesboro will choose their new mayor.

There are four candidates vying for the city’s top political spot in the special election, scheduled for next Tuesday, March 21. The seat became vacant after Mayor Pauline Jenkins died last August after a brief illness with cancer.

Two candidates on the ballot offer previous experience.

Former vice-mayor Herman Brown represented Ward 2 on city council from 2007 until this past January, when he had to step down in order to seek the office of mayor.

Portia Washington has also served on the council, representing Ward 3 from 2009 to 2013.

Political newcomer Kathy Owens hopes to use her experience as a business owner and community leader to garner votes.

Like Owens, Gregory Carswell has yet to serve in public office, but this will be his second attempt. He ran against Jenkins and George DeLoach in 2011.

James “Chick” Jones is the sole contender for the Ward 2 seat.

Advance voting is underway now and will continue until this Friday, March 17, in the Board of Elections office, which is located on the lower floor of the Burke County Courthouse. Ballots may be cast each weekday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

On March 21, voters in all wards will report to the Burke County Office Park to vote from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Laverne Sello, Executive Director of the Board of Elections, says the turnout for advance voting has been minimal. Waynesboro currently has 3,427 registered voters.

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