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Fayetteville Councilman Johnson to challenge Mayor Clifton

Fayetteville City Councilman and Mayor Pro-Tem Ed Johnson has qualified to run for mayor against incumbent Greg Clifton.

According to Fayetteville City Clerk Anne Barksdale, Clifton officially qualified earlier today to run for reelection. Local artist Kathaleen Brewer, daughter of former Fayetteville City Councilman Glen Brewer, also qualified to run in the mayoral race, having qualified earlier in the day before Johnson made his intentions known.

Fayetteville City Councilman Mickey Edwards also qualified to run for reelection, having submitted his paperwork Tuesday.

Johnson, Edwards and Clifton were all elected in 2011, taking office Jan. 2012.

Down in Brooks, incumbent Town Councilman Todd Speer qualified today to seek reelection to his Post 5 seat, and newcomer Brian Paul Davis, a local firefighter, has qualified to run for the town’s Post 4 seat, which is currently held by Jake Kunz. It has been reported that Kunz is not seeking reelection.

Brooks’ other seat up for election this year is Town Council Post 3, currently held by Ted Britt. As of late Wednesday afternoon, no one had qualified for that seat.

Fayette County’s elections office reported that incumbent Kenny Wright has qualified today to run for reelection to his Post 1 Woolsey Town Council seat, and there are so far no challengers. Frank Carden is the Post 2 councilman, but so far no one has qualified to run in that election.

Over in Tyrone, Town Mayor Eric Dial officially qualified today to seek reelection, which came one day after challenger Derrick Jackson qualified to run for that seat. Dial beat Jackson in 2011 to fill the then-open seat.

Post 1 Tyrone Town Councilwoman Linda Howard qualified Monday to seek reelection, and on Tuesday her challenger Wil James qualified to run.

No one has thus far qualified in Tyrone’s Post 2 election. That seat is currently held by Ryan Housley.

There was no news from Peachtree City’s qualifying authorities today, but Councilman Eric Imker’s soon-to-be-vacated Post 1 seat is reportedly being sought by at least three candidates: Shayne Robinson, Kim Westwood and Phil Prebor. Only Prebor has qualified to run thus far.

Peachtree City’s Post 2 city council seat, currently held by Mike King, is up for grabs this fall as well, but only King so far has qualified to run.

Fayetteville’s qualifying ends Thursday afternoon. The others end Friday afternoon.