Broadway candidate ends bid

Aug. 02, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

Betty Sauls, one of the Broadway residents seeking a seat on the town Board of Commissioners, withdrew her name from the ballot Thursday.

Sauls was pursuing a four-year term on the board, and she said as it turned out, the timing was not right to run.

“It’s just a lot of things … and it’s for personal reasons,” she said, adding she wishes her opponents good luck in the race.

However, luck may not be needed. With Sauls’s departure, none of the candidates for Broadway board seats will face opposition in November. Incumbent Woody Beale filed for the two-year term, left vacant after Commissioner Clemellyn “Clem” Welch died in May, and is running unopposed. The three seats left on the board — all four-year terms — can be filled by incumbents Jim Davis and Thomas Beal, and newcomer Janet Harrington.

An alcohol referendum is scheduled to appear on the Nov. 5 ballot, giving Broadway residents a chance to vote on four alcohol-related topics: whether restaurants can serve beer and other malt beverages, whether they can serve wine, whether they can serve mixed drinks, and whether an ABC store should be allowed within town limits.

Lee County Elections Director Nancy Kimble said any candidate can withdraw his or her name up until the ballots are printed. Printing for the Broadway election, which does not have a primary, will begin in October, she said.