In Chattooga County there are 11 opportunities for people to get involved with local politics starting today.
Those interested in serving on a city council will have chances in Summerville, Trion, Menlo and Lyerly. Qualifying started this morning and ends around 4 p.m. on Friday at each town hall.
In Summerville, there are three posts (seats 3, 4 and 5) up for grabs.
Councilman Earl H. Parris said he is seeking re-election for seat 3. He is looking to expand his six-year-long career on the council with another win during the general election in November.
Councilman Joe Money Jr., who is seeking a third term in office, will have to run to retain his seat 4.
Zach Martin, 57, said there are several projects he would like to see accomplished during his next term in office. He will seek reelection to seat five.
The qualifying fee to run for a Summerville city council position is $108, according to City Clerk Angie White.
The Town of Trion will also hold municipal elections for both its council and the city’s school board.
On the council, seats 4 and 5 are up for grabs. Those are currently held by Don Harris and Linda Ingle. On the school board, seats 4 and 5 are available. They are currently occupied by Kari Maddux Brown and Jeff Maddux, who both plan to run for another term on the school board.
The qualifying fee to run for Trion council or school board is $36.
The Town of Menlo has three positions on the ballot. The mayoral post, currently held by longtime incumbent Theresa Canada, and two veteran council members, Chuck Powell and the seat of the late Virginia Welch. Powell will have to seek re-election if he wants to continue.
The qualifying fee for council is $9. It’s $27 for mayor.
The Lyerly Town Council will have two seats coming available. Newcomer Phil Brooks was appointed to seat 3 two years ago to fill a vacancy. Now that seat is up for grabs this fall. Brooks told The News at the beginning of July that he plans to run.
Fellow council member Gwen Fisher announced in June that she would not seek reelection. Fisher has been on the council since being appointed in 2012.
The qualifying fee for these seats is $35.