City election is Tuesday

Citizens of Gray will find out who will represent them as their mayor and council members following the Nov. 7 election next week.

Early Voting began Oct. 13 and will continue through Nov. 3 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Jones County Government Center. Any registered voter who lives in the City of Gray and does not take advantage of early voting may vote Nov. 7 at the W.E. Knox Center from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The offices of mayor, mayor pro tem, and the councilman for the city’s District 1 are contested in the election.

Ed Barbee, who has served as the city’s mayor pro tem for the past four years, is running for mayor, and he is challenged by James Collins, who is a newcomer in the world of city politics.

The office of mayor pro tem has two candidates, Kema Greene Clark and Ken Tapee, neither of whom have previously held elected office.

Long-serving Councilman David Tufts, who represents District 1, is challenged in the election by local realtor Rick Tipton.

A candidate forum was held Oct. 12 sponsored by the Jones County/Gray Chamber of Commerce and The Jones County News to give the community a chance to get to know the candidates. All opposed candidates participated in the forum, and a video of the event is still available to view on the Chamber’s Facebook page.

-- Debbie Lurie-Smith |


The Jones County News

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