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Dearing mayor to run unopposed

Dearing Mayor Sean Kelley finds himself unopposed in the upcoming municipal election.

Five candidates, including three incumbents, qualified for the four town council seats, according to McDuffie County Board of Elections Director Phyllis Wheeler.

Qualifying for the Nov. 3 election ended Friday. Candidates are elected at-large rather than by district. Elections are held every four years for the council members and mayor.

One of the council candidates, Raymond Silverstein, said he considered running for mayor, but changed his mind.

"I just want to do good things for the town, if I can," said Mr. Silverstein, who has lived in Dearing for two years.

"Keep things the way they are and make things better. That's basically why I'm running."

The other new candidate, Bobby Aldred, said he has served on the council before.

"I've lived here all my life, and I just figured I could do something to help the town," said Mr. Aldred, the former McDuffie County coroner.

In addition to Mr. Silverstein and Mr. Aldred, the ballot includes incumbents Allen Axon, Judson Story and Mike McTier. The one open seat was vacated by Daisy Ansley, who served two terms. Mrs. Ansley said she is happy with the accomplishments of the council and is ready to relinquish her seat to someone "fresh."

Mr. McTier was appointed to the council in January after councilman Kristopher Wells resigned.

Web posted on Thursday, September 10, 2009

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