Well-known business icon R.D. “Dedi” Thomas Jr. and two other qualifying candidates will join the Patterson City Council in January.
Thomas qualified Wednesday for an at-large seat on the town council, as did Joan Teagless-Duplessis, already a council member. Gordon Spencer qualified earlier in the week.
In Patterson, there were three at-large seats open this cycle; therefore there are no contested races for the Nov. 3 election, said a spokesman. Thomas, Spencer and Teagless-Duplessis will be sworn to four-year terms in January.
Candidate qualifying closed as of Wednesday afternoon in Patterson, Offerman and Blackshear. In Waycross, the qualifying period continues through Friday at 4:30 p.m. (see page 1).
In Blackshear, David O. Smith has qualified for another term as the District 6 rep on the Blackshear City Council.
The only contested race in Blackshear will be District 1. Incumbent Jerry Hollis is being challenged by Keith Brooks, a spokesman said.
Neither Smith nor sitting Councilman Jerry Dixon, who qualified Monday, has opposition.
In Offerman, no one is opposed in the upcoming election and all of the incumbents qualified by Wednesday afternoon, said a spokesman at Offerman City Hall.
“We will have the same people we had before,” the spokesman said. “Nobody received opposition.”
Vanessa Cason, at-large member of the council, qualified Wednesday, the spokesman said.
Previously, Mayor Brenda Denison filed for re-election, as did Annette Thorne and Fleming Milledge, both at-large council members, the spokesman said.
Qualifying in Waycross has slowed considerably after starting with a flourish on Monday.
Commissioner Diane Hopkins filed Wednesday afternoon for re-election as District 4 representative. Speculation has been rife for months that she would seek to become the new Waycross mayor.
As of this morning, she has no opposition.
Dr. Yolanda Rivers qualified yesterday for mayor joining the field that includes Bishop Michaelangelo James and former Waycross City Commissioner Leonard Burse Jr.
District 5 Commissioner Alvin Nelson has qualified for re-election. Dr. Earl Martin, who vied a year ago for U.S. Congress in District 1, is opposing Nelson. Martin, a former Pierce County resident, now lives in Waycross.
Buddy Carter won the District 1 congressional election.
Qualifying in Waycross will continue through Friday at 4:30 p.m.
The city election is Nov. 3.