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City qualifying ends with only one unopposed office
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
Sep 05, 2013 | 1797 views | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend | print
At the close of qualifying for the Nov. 5 city election, all of the incumbents had qualified to run for re-election and all but one of them have opposition.

Incumbent Gus Wilson qualified to run for his second term Aug. 28. Wilson is the owner of On Time Medical. He is being opposed by Stephen Hugh Tingen, who is a newcomer to politics. The mayoral candidate is the owner of Tingen Transport.

Loretta Lipsey qualified to run for her third term as mayor pro tem Aug. 26. Her occupation is listed on her application as retired, and she was a former city clerk for the city of Gray. Lipsey is opposed by Ed Barbee, who also listed his occupation as retired. Among his various careers, Barbee was a Jones County deputy.

The longtime councilman for the city’s District 1, David Tufts, qualified for re-election Aug. 26. Realtor Rick Tipton is opposing Tufts for the position.

The only unopposed council position in the election is District 2. Benny Gray, who has held the seat for decades, qualified to run for re-election Aug. 26.

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