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City Council candidate withdraws from election

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The qualification period for the upcoming 2021 City Council election has officially closed. Although three aldermen were preparing to defend their seats this fall, one challenger has formally withdrawn her candidacy after just one week.

In one-sentence, hand-written notice, District 1 candidate Torrie Stewart officially withdrew her bid. The announcement came one day before Stewart was supposed to attend a “Notice of Challenge” hearing about whether or not she met the qualifications to run.

According to City Election Superintendent Bo Danuser, Stewart withdrew her candidacy and requested a full refund of her $180 qualification fee Monday at approximately 4:45 p.m.

The reason for the hearing was because Danuser had reason to believe that Stewart did not live in District 1. The affidavit for the hearing was sent out to Stewart on Aug, 20.

With Stewart out of the race, that means that Incumbent Dr. Collinda J. Lee will retain her District 1 seat this November.

Incumbents Richard “Boo” Mullins and Steve Chambers will face off against two new challengers this upcoming year.

Mullins represents District 5 and has served the council for four terms. Mullins will face off against Georgia College Alum Jessica McQuain.

Chambers represents District 6 and has served on the council since 2016. He will face off against challenger Daisy Childs.

Incumbents Jeanette Walden (District 2), Denese Shinholster (district 3) and Walter Reynolds (District 4) are all running unopposed. The election will be held on Nov. 2.