Mayor Kent picks up opponent

New Albany city elections gained one more candidate this past week as former businessman Bill Robertson qualified to run for governor against incumbent Tim Kent.
One month remains in the qualifying period and at least some political observers say they expect more candidates but provide no names.
Last week, Jimmy Lewis Jackson qualified to run for Ward 3 Alderman and Samantha Morris qualified to run for Ward 4 Alderman.
Outside New Albany in Union County, a few qualifiers have been reported so far for Blue Springs, Myrtle or Sherman.
Candidates in the smaller county municipalities don’t face the same deadlines as New Albany since candidates run as independents, meaning there will be no primary and their first and only vote will not come until the June 4 general elections.
Because of their smaller population, each of the three has five at-large aldermen and a mayor, rather than ward representatives. Blue Springs may see some change in the same way New Albany Wards One and Three will because the city has annexed a comparatively large area, enabling residents who lived outside the corporate limits a year ago to run for office now.
Incumbents for Blue Springs are Mayor, David Boland; and Aldermen Rita Gentry, Jerry Nunnelee, Sandra Boland, Leanna Hollis and Shirley Allen (all Independent).
Incumbents for Myrtle are Mayor, Joe M. Rials; and Aldermen Joseph Graham, Carolyn McCuiston, Jeanette Thomas, Fleurette Ausburn and David Brown (all Independent).
Incumbents for Sherman are Mayor, Ben Logan; and Aldermen Ann Simmons, Martha Swindle, Wayne Bullock, Dianne Jolly and Todd McDonald (all Independent).
One factor primarily affecting the Ward One and Ward Three races in New Albany is that boundaries for those areas have recently been redrawn to reflect population shifts in the 2010 Census. A large part of the North Side that used to be in Ward One is now in Ward Three, which used to be primarily the south part of town.
This could allow candidates who were not eligible in a ward a year ago to run and, conversely, prohibit a candidate from running in a ward he or she lived in a year ago.
It also means a change for voters who have been moved from one ward to another and the city is in the process of making those changes and alerting residents as to where they will need to vote.
Qualifying deadline is Friday, March 8. The primary will be Tuesday, May 7, and a runoff, if needed, will be Tuesday, May 21. The general election is Tuesday, June 4 and winners will take office July 1.

Candidate list
New Albany:

Mayor –
Tim Kent (incumbent) (D)
Bill Robertson

Chief of Police –
Mark Golding (D)
Chris Robertson (D)

Ward 1 Alderman –
Daniel Frain (D)
Jeff Olson (incumbent) (R)

Ward 2 Alderman –
Johnny Anderson (incumbent) (D)

Ward 3 Alderman –
Chris Buford (D)
Larry Dykes (D)
Jimmy Lewis Jackson (D)
Kevin Dale White (D)

Ward 4 Alderman –
Samantha Morris (D)
Will Tucker (Incumbent) (R)

Alderman-at-Large –
Scott Dunnam (Incumbent) (D)

Town clerks in Sherman, Myrtle and Blue Springs said a few aldermen have expressed intent to retire and not run again, and a few seats may be challenged but, so far, indications are that most incumbents will seek re-election with comparatively little opposition.
Because of their smaller population, each of the three has five at-large aldermen and a mayor, rather than ward representatives. Blue Springs may see some change in the same way New Albany Wards One and Three will because the city has annexed a comparatively large area, enabling residents who lived outside the corporate limits a year ago to run for office now.
Incumbents for Blue Springs are Mayor, David Boland; and Aldermen Rita Gentry, Jerry Nunnelee, Sandra Boland, Leanna Hollis and Shirley Allen (all Independent).
Incumbents for Myrtle are Mayor, Joe M. Rials; and Aldermen Joseph Graham, Carolyn McCuiston, Jeanette Thomas, Fleurette Ausburn and David Brown (all Independent).
Incumbents for Sherman are Mayor, Ben Logan; and Aldermen Ann Simmons, Martha Swindle, Wayne Bullock, Dianne Jolly and Todd McDonald (all Independent).

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