SEMINOLE – Councilor John Counts, who has served on the City Council for over a decade, has decided he won’t run for re-election this fall. He announced his decision at the July 22 council meeting.
Counts, a regional sales manager at BB&T bank, said his daughter plays competitive softball, which takes up a lot of his free time.
He first ran for City Council 12 years ago, and was unsuccessful in his bid two times in a row.
The third time he ran, he was unopposed, he said.
“I’ve had a great time,” he said. “It’ll be hard for me to leave.”
Mayor Leslie Waters said, “We’re going to miss you. It’s been 10 great years. You’ve served under three mayors, I believe. We’re going to miss your institutional knowledge of what’s gone on before. It won’t be quite the same without you down there at the end of the dais.”
Counts added that he’ll be interested to see who decides to run for his seat
“I put my full support behind anybody who shares my passion for the city and my passion for free enterprise for business within city of Seminole,” he said.
Two seats are up for grabs this election season – the one held by Counts, and Councilor Bob Matthews’ seat. Matthews has served on the City Council since 1980.
The council members, who will serve three-year terms, will be decided upon on the Nov. 4 ballot.
Candidate filing began July 29 and ends Monday, Aug. 11, 4 p.m.
Each candidate must obtain a qualification packet or a qualification CD from the city clerk. They must file all necessary documents, as provided by the city clerk, during the qualifying period.
If filing a petition and fee, documents to be submitted should include: 40 petition cards signed by qualified city electors, a qualifying fee of $15 and a State Election Assessment fee of $55.62. If candidates are paying the fee only, they must pay a $100 qualifying fee in addition to the State Election Assessment fee. Fees must be made payable with a check from a campaign account.
Candidates must be a registered voter and resident of the city of Seminole for one year prior to qualifying.