The 2015 election season kicked off Monday, and candidates are qualifying for municipal offices in Liberty and Long counties.
Qualifying continues through the 4:30 p.m. Friday. All Liberty County municipalities except Midway will hold elections in November for all council seats and mayors, along with Ludowici in Long County. As of Tuesday afternoon, the following candidates for Hinesville City Council and mayor have paid the qualifying fees:
• Mayor — Charles Frasier
• City Council, District 2 — Andrew Williams
• City Council, District 3 — Vicky Nelson and Arthur Nixon
• City Council, District 4 — Keith Jenkins (incumbent)
• City Council, District 5 — Kenneth Shaw (incumbent)
In Riceboro, the following are qualified so far:
• Mayor — Joseph Harris and Gregory Richardson
• City Council — John Young (incumbent), Vanessa Collins-Roberts and Louise Brown
• Mayor — Daisy Pray (incumbent)
• City Council, Post 2 — Charlie Anderson Sr. (incumbent)
• City Council, Post 4 — Luciria Lovette (incumbent)
• City Council, Post 5 — James Hendry (incumbent)
• Mayor — Thomas Hines (incumbent)
• Town Council — Carl Easton (incumbent), James Willis (incumbent) and John Horne (incumbent)
Officials in Flemington and Gum Branch could not be reached to determine who had qualified as of Tuesday afternoon.
As of Wednesday morning in Ludowici, the following had qualified:
• Mayor — Robert Parker and James Fuller (incumbent)
• City Council, District 1 — Mary Hamilton (incumbent)
• City Council, District 2 -- Mark Chesser (incumbent)
• City Council, District 3 — Jim Fuller Jr. (incumbent)
• City Council, District 4 -- Kathy Phillips (incumbent)
• City Council, District 5 — Gwen Davis (incumbent).
Check coastalcourier.com Friday afternoon and the Sunday Coastal Courier for more on who qualified for the November municipal elections.