City prepares for elections
by Denise Strub
Apr 05, 2013 | 1656 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cleveland officials are preparing the city for elections.

Cleveland attorney Jamie Jacks told the board of aldermen Tuesday that all candidates who filed for the election have been approved.

Incumbent Cleveland officials running for office are Billy Nowell, mayor; Maurice Smith, Ward 1; Robert Sanders, Ward 2; Danny Abraham, Ward 3; Ted Campbell, Ward 4; Paul Janoush, Ward 5; Kirkham Povall, Ward 6; and Gary Gainspoletti, At-large.

Also running for alderman are Cynthia Blockett, Ward 1; Kevin Cox, Ward 3; and Ajax Morris, At-large.

In addition to the candidates being approved, Jacks said the election commission recommended that there be at least five poll workers at each polling site.

She also asked the aldermen to approve payment for the poll workers and for the polling locations.

The board approved to pay workers $100 a day each with an additional $10 to returning poll workers from the last election.

“We also pay to use our polling sites. In the past we’ve paid $250 but we’ve had one site ask for $400 which is what the county pays,” said Jacks.

The location asking for the increase for Old St. Phillip Church and after discussion it was agreed to pay all the sites the $400.

“Of course, one of the sites we own — the fire station on Martin Luther King Drive,” added Jacks.

Polling sites are: Ward 1, the fire station on Martin Luther King Drive; Ward 2, United Baptist Family Life Center; Ward 3, Church of Christ on Ronaldman Road; Ward 4, Immanuel Baptist Church; Ward 5, Church of the Nazarene; and Ward 6, Old St. Phillip Church.

All locations will vote for Alderman-at-Large.

The primary election will be on May 7, while the general election will be on June 4.

According to City Administrator John Lindsey, who is acting as city clerk, all incumbent city officials have filed to continue in their positions.

Lindsey said despite a few details these are the candidates for Cleveland and “now I have to do a ballot.”

Absentee ballots are ready.

In addition municipal clerks are encouraged to remain open from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. through Friday and from 8 a.m.-noon Saturday for voter registration.

ccording to the Mississippi Secretary of State’s office, municipal clerks are encouraged to remain open from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. April 1-5 and from 8 a.m.-noon April 6 for voter registration

Qualified candidates have until April 5 to contact The Bolivar Commercial for a free front-page story on their candidacy for office.

The candidate or a BC staff writer may write the story. All stories will be no longer than 15 inches and will be printed by April 21.

Contact Managing Editor Denise Strub at 843-4241 for more details.