January 3, 2013 10:17:03 AM
Jeff Clark - [email protected]
Ward 3 Councilman Charlie Box has officially announced he will seek a second term in the position he has held for the past four years.
"While many good things have been accomplished in these four years, there are still many serious issues that must be addressed," said Box, a Republican. "In announcing for a second term, I reassert my commitment to look for solutions to city problems and not to duck the critical issues."
Box, who was very outspoken during the city's budget process, said he plans to continue to reduce the city's debt and spending.
"To move forward into this next century, we must find ways to reduce spending and expenses of city government," Box said. "I also want to improve the quality of city services, locate new property for growth and development while maintaining a stable tax base."
Wednesday was the first day candidates could file to run in the municipal election. Qualifying ends on March 8 at 5 p.m. The primary election will be Tuesday, May 7, and if a run-off is needed, it will be held May 21. The city's general election will be June 4 and elected officials will be sworn in July 1.
Box, Mayor Robert Smith and the remaining members of the council have all said they will be seeking re-election in the upcoming municipal elections. Columbus business owner Susan Mackay has announced she will be opposing incumbent Joseph Mickens in the race for Ward 2 councilman. Mackay said she will be running as a Republican. Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau board member Whirllie Byrd has also said she will be opposing incumbent and vice mayor Bill Gavin for the Ward 6 council seat.