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Four candidates qualify for office
Candidates qualifying for the Brunswick City Commission include an elected official under indictment in Camden County and an incumbent who wants to be mayor.

All totalled, four candidates had qualified for two of the three seats that will be up for grabs on the City Commission in the Nov. 5 municipal election.

The last day to qualify at the Glynn County Board of Elections, in Office Park, is 4:30 p.m. Friday. Qualifying began Monday.

Qualifying to date is South Ward Commissioner James Brooks, who remains suspended from office by Gov. Nathan Deal following his indictment in Superior Court in Woodbine for accepting money in exchange for favors. Brooks, whose case will go to trial in September, can complete his current term and serve another four years, if reelected, if he is found innocent.

Brooks has said he is innocent of all charges.

A home health care provider, Brooks resides on Lee Street and has lived in the community 60 years.

Also qualifying for the South Ward seat was Felicia Morris Harris, a financial advisor who resides on Bartow Street. Harris has lived in the community 47 years, according to her qualification application.

Formerly entering the race for mayor are incumbent North Ward Commissioner Cornell Harvey, a resident of Oriole Street who works in the Human Resources Department of the Jekyll Island Authority.

Also qualifying to seek the office of mayor is Valerie Scriven, who used a post office box number for her address and who is currently unemployed.

Brunswick Mayor Bryan Thompson is unable to vie for a third four-year term of office.

No candidates have qualified for the North Ward seat that will be vacated by Commissioner Harvey at the end of the year.

All commission seats are nonpartisan. L Street separates North and South wards.

The qualifying fee for mayor is $416.22 and $302.54 for North and South ward posts.

In Woodbine, with the qualifying period for candidates ending at 4:30 p.m. today, nobody had filed the paperwork to run for Woodbine City Council by late afternoon Tuesday.

Incumbents C.C. Higgenbotham and Louise Mitchell have not indicated whether they will seek another four-year term to the at-large, non-partisan seats in November.

Candidates must pay a $90 qualifying fee, along with the paperwork with background information proving they are eligible to run for office.

Candidates running for city offices must be registered voters, residents at least six months, up-to-date on taxes owed and sign an affidavit saying they are eligible to run for elected office.

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