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Candidates waste no time filing for Nov. 8 election

Two challengers and all current members of the city of Thomson's elected administration had filed for office by 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Monday was the opening day of qualifying for the Nov. 8 election.

Thomson Businessman Delmar B. "Brink:" Bradshaw was the first to file, seeking the office of mayor.

Mayor Kenneth Usry and four city council members then filed.

Joining Usry were council members Clifford "Bud" Lunceford (1-A), Jaye Jones (1-B), Alton Belton (1B and Berniece Brown (C-3). Council member the Rev. John Smalley (2-B) filed his qualification papers Wednesday afternoon was James Taylor, also seeking the 2-A spot.

Usry told The McDuffie Mirror he believes all members of the current administration have an effective working relationship.

Bradshaw told The McDuffie Mirror that he is a former city councilman. He said he is working to bring new businesses to Thomson to strengthen the economy.

Bradshaw later issued a two-page platform statement.

Usry also issued a statement outlining his achievements and goals.

He told The Mirror that he has lived in Thomson since early childhood. "Thomson has been my heart and my soul," he said.

Usry, a retired banker, completes his first term in December. He was a city councilman for 29 years before running for mayor.

Each candidate submitted documents and a filing fee to City Clerk Dianne Landers. They now have 10 days to submit financial disclosure statements.

Election filing ends at 4:30 p.m. Friday. City Clerk Dianne Landers said it is not uncommon to have a rush of filings at the last minute.

The town of Dearing does not have an election this year.

The other matter on the fall ballot is the renewal of the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax for the McDuffie County Schools.

Web posted on Thursday, September 01, 2011

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