For the first time in who knows how long, the City of Yatesville will actually hold an election to fill a vacant position on its City Council. Long time council member Elmer Kent died in December with two years left on his term. Rather than have the expense of a separate Special Election, the Yatesville Council decided to hold its election on May 20, 2014, the same date as the state and federal primary elections.
Qualifying for the open post was held on March 13-14, 2014, and City Council member Phyl Gatlin reported that Shane Moore and Billy Penn both qualified for the position.
This will be the first time in a number of years that Yatesville has actually held an election. In the past, whenever a council seat came open, only one person has qualified for the post, negating the need for an election. Mayor Cecil Moncrief has noted before that he is in his third term as Mayor, and has yet to receive a single vote because he ran unopposed every time.
Residents of Yatesville would like to register to vote in this election may register at the Board of Elections/Registrars Office at 305 S. Hightower Street, Room D-130 (The Drake Building), in Thomaston. Registration times are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The last day to register is Monday, April 21, 2014. If you have voted in a city election in the past, you are eligible to vote in this election. You must be a resident of the City of Yatesville.
Larry Stanford may be reached at 706-647-5414 or on Twitter @LarryStanford7