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Election qualifying runs through Friday
Flemginton mayor rerunning; not Midway's
Don Emmons Picture
Midway Mayor Don Emmons - photo by Courier file photo
Qualifying opens Monday for candidates in November’s municipal elections and it is already assured there will be changes in Midway.
Both Mayor Don Emmons and veteran Councilman Henry Stevens have said they will not seek re-election. Emmons did hedge his statement, saying he would sign up Friday if no one else does, but expressed interest in passing the job on.
“I’m feeling pretty good now and I don’t know how I’ll feel in four years,” the first-term mayor said. “Of course I have mixed emotions about it. I truly enjoy the job.”
But, he said, he wants to spend more time with his family and slow down.
In Flemington, the other city with elections in November, Mayor Sandra Martin has said she will seek her fourth term.
“Unless something changes that I’m not aware of, I am planning to run again,” she said Friday from her office at The Heritage Bank, where she is a vice president.
She was first elected in 1997, after serving on the council for about 20 years.
Besides the mayors, November’s ballots will carry names of people seeking six seats on the Flemington City Council and four on Midway’s. Neither city has districts, meaning candidates run at-large with the six or four top vote-gettings being elected.
In Midway, at least one resident, Terry Doyle, has reportedly expressed interest in seeking Stevens seat.


Residents of the cities can qualify during business hours Monday-Friday.
Midway City Hall staff are handling qualifying themselves, while Flemington has contracted Liberty County’s registrar’s office to handle that and its election, according to Martin.
Midway City Clerk Gloria Cook Osborne said her city also plans to have Interim Registrar Ella Golden’s office handle voting there.
The six council members in Flemington are Palmer Dasher, Gail Evans, Dotty Bailey Fermin, Charles Richardson, Donnie Smith and Paul Hawkins.
The incumbent council members in Midway, besides Stevens, are Levern Clancy Jr., Mayor Pro Tem Clemontine Washington and Jim Woods.
If you want to qualify to run for an office in Flemington, go to the registrar’s office in downtown Hinesville. Staff there will lead you through the process.
If you want to qualify in Midway, go to city hall in the old Liberty Elementary School building on Highway 84.
“Tell everybody that all Midway residents are welcome,” Cook Osborne said Friday. “That’s what I’m doing now, making up packets so everyone who wants to qualify can.”
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