No primary election will be required May 7 in Whitehall, but the offices of mayor, council president and at-large council member will be contested in the Nov. 5 general election.
Five candidates for the three available at-large council seats met the Feb. 6 filing deadline at the Franklin County Board of Elections, and two candidates each filed for the mayor and council president positions.
The races for city attorney and treasurer will be unopposed in November.
At least three candidates were required to file for each open seat to trigger a primary in the city’s nonpartisan election, said Aaron Sellers, public information officer for the board of elections.
Had three or more candidates filed for any one position, the top two vote-getters in a May primary would have proceeded to the November ballot.
The petitions filed Feb. 6 are subject to certification by the board Tuesday, Feb. 19, Sellers said.
Because Whitehall’s elections are nonpartisan, independent candidates also were required to file by Feb. 6.
The filing deadline for independents in partisan municipalities is May 6, Sellers said.
Incumbent Whitehall Mayor Kim Maggard is seeking election to a third term and will be challenged by Alexander Nathaniel Mitchell in the general election in November.
Maggard’s run for a third term was made possible last year by city voters, who allowed a change to the city charter extending term limits from two to three for elected officials.
“I’m very proud of what we have accomplished as a community during the past eight years,” Maggard said about her previous two terms as mayor.
“In deciding to run for re-election, I considered not only what has been accomplished but also the work yet to be done,” said Maggard, 61, who was appointed city auditor after serving six years as an elected member of the Whitehall school board.
Maggard was elected auditor in 2003 and 2007 and was voted into the mayor’s seat in 2011.
If elected to a third term, Maggard said her goals include continuing to provide high-quality housing opportunities for all residents; keeping up efforts to invest in the safety department’s staffing and technology to reduce crime; and continued investment in the city’s parks and recreation programming and facilities.
Maggard will be challenged by Mitchell, who is making his third attempt at an elected office.
Mitchell campaigned for a Ward 3 City Council seat in 2005 and was ousted in a primary runoff for a Ward 1 council seat in 2017.
Mitchell did not return emails for comment last week and early this week.
Incumbent City Council President Jim Graham will be challenged in November by Tom Potter, a former Ward 3 Councilman who is president of the Whitehall Community Improvement Corp.
Potter, 57, and his wife, Pam, have lived in Whitehall for 34 years.
“There are many exciting things happening in Whitehall and I am looking forward to playing a part in that momentum,” Potter said.
“As a city, we are very future-forward and I would feel privileged to contribute to that vision,” he said.
Graham, 71, is seeking his third term as president of council.
Graham said Feb. 10 while he filed a petition, he is still considering whether he will commit to another four years as council president.
“It’s a big decision,” he said.
All three incumbent at-large council members -- Robert Bailey, Karen Conison and Wes Kantor – filed petitions for re-election.
Two challengers also filed petitions for at-large council seats: Gerald P. Dixon and Timothy W. Mouzon Jr.
It is Dixon’s third attempt at an elected office.
Dixon campaigned for an at-large council seat in 2015 and a Ward 1 council seat in 2017.
Incumbent City Attorney Michael Todd Bivens and incumbent Treasurer Steven B. Quincel will be unopposed for their respective offices.