Selmon, McGee, Johnson sign up to seek re-election|[01/10/07]

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, January 10, 2007

District 3 Supervisor Charles Selmon has become the first board member to file qualifying papers and will seek a fourth term on the Warren County Board of Supervisors.

Selmon joined Chancery Clerk Dot McGee and County Prosecutor Richard Johnson in completing paperwork as of this morning notifying the Circuit Clerk’s Office of their intentions.

All county offices are up for election this fall and anyone wishing to be on a ballot must file by March 1.

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Voters will cast ballots in party primaries Aug. 7 and will head to the polls Nov. 6 for the general election.

Selmon has held the seat representing the only supervisor district entirely within city limits since 1995, including while making an unsuccessful bid for mayor in 2005. In the municipal election, he won 39 percent of the vote as the Democratic nominee in the general election versus Mayor Laurence Leyens, who won a second term.

Selmon won re-election in 2003 over the district’s former supervisor, Betty Jackson, with 70 percent of the vote out of 2,730 votes cast. Jackson has said she will not seek the office this year.

Reached this morning, Selmon said economic development should top the list of priorities for supervisors this year.

&#8220I’m constantly looking for opportunities to bring jobs to Warren County,” Selmon said.

Board president and District 5 Supervisor Richard George said Tuesday he had his qualifying papers in hand and would likely file them soon.

&#8220I just hadn’t filled them out yet,” George said.

George also has served three terms on the county board, though not consecutively.

All five supervisors have said they want new terms. Two have had challengers verbally express intentions to run against them.

Former Supervisor Bill Lauderdale has said he will run against District 4 Supervisor Carl Flanders in a rematch of the closest and most competitive race four years ago.

District 4 covers southwestern Warren County, including much of the city south of Interstate 20 and west of U.S. Army Corps’ of Engineers Engineering Research and Development Center.

Former city candidate Tommie F. Rawlings has expressed interest in the District 2 race against incumbent William Banks.

District 2 covers northwestern Warren County, including Eagle Lake and city residents from Kings down to China Street.

Other local offices that will be on the ballot along with statewide offices will be state senator and representatives, district attorney, sheriff, circuit clerk, tax assessor, tax collector, county prosecutor, coroner, justice court judges and constables.