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Deadline to file for council seats is today
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
By MICKEY POWELL - Bulletin Staff Writer
Today is the last day to file for one of two Martinsville City Council seats up for grabs in the Nov. 4 election.
Those seats are the ones now held by Gene Teague, the current vice mayor, and Kim Adkins, who is mayor. Teague is seeking re-election; Adkins has said she will not run again because she intends to run for the 20th District state Senate seat in 2015.
As of Monday, city elections officials had certified three candidates to be on the ballot: Teague, an executive with VF Sportswear; John McCraw, a retired educator; and Ural Harris, a retired furniture worker.
“We may have more” to submit their paperwork to be candidates by 7 p.m. today, which is the deadline, said city Registrar Cindy Barbour.
Several other people have stopped by the registrar’s office to get packets of forms that must be submitted to run for public offices, Barbour said.
However, “you never know if they are picking up (packets) for themselves or someone else,” she said.
People sometimes get other people to pick up packets for them to try to keep from attracting attention as potential candidates, Barbour added.
She doesn’t try to find out whether people picking up packets are doing so for themselves or others, she said.
Packets are available at the registrar’s office for $10 to cover copying and paper costs. The forms also are available online for free at www.martinsville-va.gov/Registrar.html. Go to “electoral information,” then “information on candidate qualifications and requirements,” then click on the link to the Virginia State Board of Elections website.
Required forms include a declaration of candidacy, a statement showing the candidate’s qualifications for running for office and a petition that must be signed by at least 125 registered city voters.
After the forms are filled out and a person gets signatures for his or her petition, the person must file the paperwork with the registrar’s office.
Barbour or her deputy then reviews the paperwork to make sure the person is entitled to be certified as an official candidate.