March 7, 2009
In addition to the current members of the Columbus City Council and Mayor Robert Smith, nine residents qualified to seek office in the upcoming municipal elections.
In Ward 1, Anthony Sanders and Sam Davis qualified to seek the city council seat currently held by Gene Taylor.
In Ward 2, Troy Miller and Joseph Mickens qualified to seek the seat currently held by Susan Mackay.
In Ward 3, Charles E. "Charlie" Box qualified to seek the seat currently held by Gene Coleman.
Ward 4 Councilman Fred Stewart is running unopposed.
In Ward 5, Kabir Karriem and Kenneth McFarland qualified to seek the seat currently held by Jay Jordan, who also serves as vice mayor.
And in Ward 6, Bill Gavin is seeking the seat currently held by Jerry Kendall.
Thom E. Geiger, an independent candidate, qualified to run for mayor opposite Smith.
Friday was the deadline to qualify.
The municipal election primary will be held May 5; if a runoff election is necessary, it will be held May 19.
The general election is June 2; those elected will be sworn into office July 6 and will serve until 2013.