September 2, 2015
The City of Monticello will be holding elections this year for 3 places on the City Council. The future of Monticello may very well be at stake.
The qualifying deadline is high noon tomorrow. At present the following have qualified:
For Mayor Pro Tem – Incumbent Bobby Jacobs—who is not seeking re-election:
- Alton Standifer—nephew to Mayor Brian Standifer
- Stone Workman—former Jasper County Development Authority Director
- Randy Strozier—former City Council member
District One – Incumbent Cornell Williams—who has not qualified as of 4:00pm today
- Cynthia Miller—previously ran for Mayor Pro Tem approximately 2 terms ago
District Two – Incumbent Katherine Alexander—who has not qualified as of 4:00pm today
- Stephanie Chaney—a new resident of Monticello that volunteers at the Chamber of Commerce
There has been lots of talk about City-County consolidation by “the powers that be.” Ask these candidates how they feel about this issue and why. Folks in the county should watch this election very carefully because several people on the “strategic planning committee” have advocated for consolidation saying it will save money. TWG questions that point after seeing how much more money it cost for the County (Sheriff) to take over the City policing.
Also, ask the candidates their plans to balance the City budget, make payments on time, what they plan to change, and any other issues you have.
If you are thinking about qualifying, here are the requirements:
Section 6. – [Mayor and councilmen—Eligibility for office; election districts and elections.]
(a) Any person who is a resident of the territory described as the corporate limits of the city and who has been a resident thereof for one continuous year immediately preceding the date of the election, and who is 21 years of age and a qualified voter of said city, and who is otherwise qualified as provided in this section shall be eligible to be elected as mayor or councilman.
(b) The mayor and one councilman may reside anywhere within the City of Monticello and shall be elected by a majority of the qualified electors of the entire city. The councilman elected from the city at large shall be the mayor pro tempore.
(c) (1) For purposes of electing the other four members of the city council, the City of Monticello is divided into two election districts by the following described line, to wit: Beginning at the point where the Southern Railroad tract [tracks] intersects the southern boundary of the Monticello city limits line; from that point northeast along the centerline of the Southern Railroad track until it intersects Key Street; from that point southeast along the centerline of Key Street until it intersects Blue Ruin Street; from that point northeast along the centerline of Blue Ruin Street until it intersects with the Monticello city limits line.
Election District No. 1 shall contain all that territory and area within the city limits of Monticello which lies east and southeast of the above described line.
Election District No. 2 shall contain all that territory and area within the city limits of Monticello which lies west and northwest of the above described line.
There will be updates on who qualifies before the deadline and on the candidates during the campaign cycle.
Citizens, be informed and stay informed! Only by being informed can the citizens understand what is being done and talked about, and then press our officials to make good decisions for everyone in Jasper County. That is our goal with the Taxdogs blog.