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Election candidates slow to emerge
Candidates for mayor of Brunswick and two other seats on the city commission have been slow to emerge.

To date, only one candidate has publicly announced his intention to run for mayor - North Ward Commissioner and Mayor Pro Tem Cornell Harvey. Another city resident, Starling Sutton, chairman of the Glynn County Democratic Party, is putting out placards saying he is running for the nonpartisan post.

Only one candidate has said he plans to run for the South Ward City Commission post - suspended South Ward Commissioner James Brooks. Brooks, suspended by Gov. Nathan Deal following a criminal indictment in Camden County, has said he will run for another four-year term. Brooks will be eligible to return to the seat or serve four more years if he cleared of charges of accepting money in return for promising to help someone get a job with the Brunswick Police Department.

Harvey will vacate the North Ward seat to enter the race of mayor. He would be the first black mayor if elected.

Candidates have plenty of time to announce. Qualifying for the municipal election will begin at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 26 and close at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 30 at the Glynn County Board of Elections office.

The general election for all three posts is Nov. 5.

To qualify, a candidate must pay the Glynn County Board of Elections 3 percent of the total amount paid the mayor and commissioners by the city.

For mayor, the qualifying fee is $416.22 and for the other two commission seats the fee is $302.54. The mayor receives $1,156, or $13,872 annually, while other commissioners receive $841 monthly, or $10,092.

In addition, all five commissioners get a monthly car allowance of $260, or $3,120 annually.

Mayor Bryan Thompson will complete his second and final four-year term of office at the end of December. The city's charter does not allow him to run for a third consecutive term for mayor.

There is no such limitation for the two South Ward and two North Ward commission posts, which also are nonpartisan.

Candidates are required to reside in the ward they are seeking to represent, though all city residents who are registered to vote can cast ballots for candidates in both wards.

L Street separates the two wards.

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