Residents set for election
Polls open for the city’s first municipal primary — which will determine Sanford’s next mayor and the outcome of the city’s $14.5 million bond referendums — at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday.
School will be in session during a bulk of the voting, which ends at 7:30 p.m., and Lee County Elections Director Nancy Kimble urged residents to avoid voting during peak hours, between 7:15-8 a.m. and 1:45-3:30 p.m., if possible.
“That’s when parents will be dropping off and picking up students,” she said. “And [voters] need to be very careful.”
All of the city of Sanford polling sites will be open, excluding the Tramway Elementary School site, and all of those Precinct C2 voters are asked to vote at Southern Lee High School.
Registered Democrats within city limits will decide between incumbent Cornelia Olive, a retired newspaper editor, and challenger Chet Mann, a local mortgage banker, for the city’s mayoral seat, and between incumbent L.I. “Poly” Cohen, former CEO of Lee Iron & Metal, and challenger Norman “Chas” Post III, a local attorney, for the Democratic nominee for the at-large district seat. Democrats residing within Ward 3 will also chose between incumbent James “JD” Williams, owner of Williams Insurance Agency, and Ervin Fox, a local activist.
The city’s registered Republicans will chose between local blogger and retired political consultant Keith Clark and Veterans Affairs Benefit Briefer Max Dolan for their party’s nominee for the at-large district seat.
Unaffiliated voters can chose which party’s primary they’d like to vote in, but they may only select one.
All of the city voters will consider the city’s bond referendums, which include an expansion of the Endor Iron Furnace Greenway, installing and repairing sidewalks, improving the streetscape for downtown Sanford and Jonesboro and creating an open space with an interactive play area and water features. If all of the projects were approved by the voters and construction began on each project at the same time, the property tax impact would be an increase of 5.2 cents per $100 of valuation. However, city officials have said they will minimize the tax impact on residents.
Sample ballots, candidate profiles and in-depth information about the bonds can be found online at www.sanfordherald.com.
Precinct Judges 2013 Municipal Primary Election
* Precinct A1 Southern Lee
Lucinda Alston (Head judge)
* Precinct A2 J. Glenn Edwards
Mary Upchurch (Head judge)
* Precinct B2 BT Bullock
Ken Laughinghouse (Head judge)
* Precinct C2 Tramway (Will vote at Southern Lee)
Gerri Hearn (Head judge)
* Precinct D1 JR Ingram
Emily Lucas (Head judge)
* Precinct D2 American Legion
Eddie Winstead (Head judge)
* Precinct E2 East Lee
Sorrell Saunders (Head judge)