Persons interested in becoming elected officials in the Town of Dearing can start planning their campaigns soon.
McDuffie County Elections Superintendent Phyllis Wheeler has announced a call for candidates seeking the offices of mayor of Dearing and all four seats on the town council.
Ms. Wheeler said each of the positions are for four years. Candidates must be at least 25 years old, a registered voter and a resident of the Town of Dearing for at least one year prior to the date of qualifying. The qualifying fee for any of the offices, to be paid at the time of qualifying, is a mere one dollar.
Neither the mayor nor the council members receive any salary or payment for their service.
During the July town council meeting, Councilwoman Daisy Ansley, who will be finishing up her second term, announced she will not seek re-election.
"It's time to just let somebody else have a turn, somebody more energetic," Mrs. Ansley said. "I've enjoyed it and I've learned a lot. ... People don't realize what goes on until you're in there."
Mayor Sean Kelley, Mayor Pro-Tem Allen Axon, and councilmen Judson Story and Michael McTier have not yet decided if they will seek re-election.
"I just hope the best for all of them when I leave," Mrs. Ansley said. "I don't know of a better person, in my book, than Sean to be the mayor. He's actually trying to get things done. ... I've heard some negativity about him. But, like I said, unless you're in there and know what's going on, you just don't realize how it works."
Persons desiring to become a candidate should file a notice with the elections superintendent between 8:30 a.m., Monday, Aug. 31, and 4:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 4. The elections office is located at 808 Whiteoak Road, Thomson. For more information, call 706-595-2105.
The election is set for Tuesday, Nov. 3.