Voters in Anniston’s City Council Ward 3 had requested 33 absentee ballots as of Thursday, the last day state law allows voters to request such ballots before Tuesday’s runoff.
The three-day event, sponsored by the Student Government Association and the JSU chapter of the American Democracy Project, offered students the chance to learn about the political process and become a part of it before the presidential election in November.
Five of the six candidates attended a public forum at the Jacksonville Community Center to answer prepared questions chosen randomly and questions asked from the audience.
Anniston schools Superintendent Darren Douthitt on Wednesday endorsed incumbent Councilman Seyram Selase in the city’s Ward 3 race. Selase faces former Councilman Ben Little in the Oct. 4 runoff.
Candidates in the Anniston City Council and Board of Education runoffs collected campaign donations last week from similar revenue streams they’d tapped in past weeks, according to campaign finance records filed Monday.
Circuit Judge Debra Jones on Sept. 19 dismissed the suit filed by Kathy Jackson, which sought to overturn the results of the Aug. 23 election, the Hobson City resident’s fifth failed attempt at the mayor’s office.
Ben Little, a candidate in the Oct. 4 runoff election for Anniston City Council Ward 3, received a $2,000 donation from Anniston lawyer Donald Stewart in mid-September, according to campaign finance reports.
The public is invited to attend the forum starting at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Jacksonville Community Center to listen and ask questions.
Votes were costly in Anniston’s City Council Ward 3 election on Aug. 23, and both remaining candidates say they’re still collecting donations as the Oct. 4 runoff nears.
State law only requires candidates who receive or spend more than $1,000 to file financial disclosure reports, and so some of those who sought election in Oxford filed none. Generally, though, most incumbents who sought re-election raised and spent at least $5,000 to keep their seats.
Two-term Mayor Alberta McCrory remains leader of this tiny town, and the fifth try did not turn out to be the charm for challenger Kathy Jackson.
Incumbent Mary Klinefelter, a longtime school system employee now retired, will face a runoff Oct. 4 with Robert Houston, who retired from BAE Systems in 2013 and now owns a consulting firm.
Voter turnout was lower this year than in 2012, with 3,143 voting in the mayoral race Tuesday compared to 4,959 in 2012.
Marita Watson narrowly defeated incumbent Emily Sims by just 23 votes for the Place 4 seat with the Jacksonville Board of Education. Sims, the department head of secondary education at Jacksonville State University, is in her first term and lost in a two-way race.
“It feels wonderful to win,” Baker said outside the City Hall. “It was a long, hot and brutal summer going door to door but the end result was worth it.”