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Local elected officials make plans for 2017 city of Decatur elections

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Local elected officials make plans for 2017 city of Decatur elections

File Photo courtesy of Dena Mellick
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There will be city elections in Decatur on Nov. 7, meaning two City Commission and three school board seats will be up for grabs.

Commissioner Fred Boykin, the city’s Mayor Pro Tem, has announced he will not seek re-election this year after 15 years in office. He is currently the longest-serving member of the city commission.

“This is my last term,” he told Decaturish.

His fellow-commissioner and Decatur Mayor Patti Garrett said she is running for reelection this year.

In the School Board elections, voters will have a chance to elect three new members – a move that could have a significant impact on the school system’s direction – or give a vote of confidence to the current board members.

Board chair Annie Caiola said she will run again as will fellow board member Lewis Jones. School Board member Bernadette Seals said she is undecided.

Qualifying for the Nov. 7 election begins Aug. 21 and ends Aug. 23. The qualifying fee for City Commission is $144 and the fee for the Board of Education is $35. Registration for the Nov. 7 election ends on Oct. 10 and early voting begins Oct. 16 and ends Oct. 31.

 

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