Supervisor Mayfield in race to unseat North Ward’s Young|[2/2/05]

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, February 2, 2005

With six ballot wins and no losses in seeking the Warren County District 2 supervisor seat he holds, Michael Mayfield said he believes he can give equally undefeated North Ward Alderman Gertrude Young a strong challenge in municipal elections.

Tuesday, Mayfield, 47, became the third candidate, including Young, 49, to qualify to run for the post.

So far, Mayfield and Young are the only two names that will be on the May 3 Democratic primary ballot for the North Ward, with the winner moving on to the June 7 general election.

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Vickie Bailey, 36, director of the city’s Jackson Street Community Center, is the third candidate in the field. She filed as an independent and will skip the nomination process.

Mayfield, who is in his third term as the supervisor from the district that includes most of the city’s North Ward, said he decided to run after being approached by several constituents.

“I hear more often than not that they elected three people to represent them, but they’re somewhat appalled that there is only one voice from this administration,” Mayfield said.

Mayfield’s six wins are his three bids for the Democratic nomination and his three general election victories. He unseated former District 2 Supervisor John Ferguson for the post. Young has also won all six of her previous races and Bailey has been defeated in two previous tries at the South Ward alderman’s position.

Mayfield said he waited until his son’s 12th birthday to file, adding he believes residents in the North Ward are ready for a change in City Hall.

“If they feel they want new representation, then they will vote for me. If they don’t, then they’ll vote for Gertrude,” he said.

Eric Rawlings, 42, and John Shorter, 38, have signed up to appear on the Democratic Party primary ballot for the office of mayor. The winner of that race and runoff, if needed, will advance to face any Republican nominee and all independent candidates in the general election.

Mayor Laurence Leyens, 40, has said he plans to run again as an independent, and Warren County District 3 Supervisor Charles Selmon, 44, has said he plans to seek the nomination by the Democratic primary. Neither has filed.

The mayoral salary is now $73,500.

So far, only South Ward Alderman Sid Beauman, 57, has filed in the run for that post. He will again run as a Republican.

Aldermen are paid $58,000.