Mayor’s seat, two Council posts up for election in Vina

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UPDATED AT 8 P.M. TO REFLECT THREE CANDIDATES FOR MAYOR.

A major changing of the guard is set to take place in Vina later this year.

For the first time in 20 years, the town will have a new mayor. Current Mayor D.W. Franklin announced earlier that he would not seek a new term as the head of the town. Additionally, only two incumbent Board members – Renea Chandler and Denieta Cantrell – are seeking re-election.

As qualifying ended Tuesday afternoon, Michael Moomaw, Marshall Rogers and Brenda Turbyfill qualified to run for mayor.

There will be new faces on the Council as longtime board member Lula Abston, Jeff McAlister and Dewayne Raper opted not to seek re-election. 

In Place 1, Chandler will face opposition from Tristan Moomaw. Deana Vallejo and Wanda Hacker are both seeking to serve in Place 4.

Jeff McAlister (Place 2), Luke Childers (Place 3) and Cantrell (Place 5) are effectively elected to those posts as they did not have any opponents when qualifying ended.

Residents will vote on August 25. With only two candidates in each of the contested Council fields, there will not be a runoff election necessary. However, in order to avoid a runoff for mayor, one candidate will need to garner at least 50 percent of the vote plus one. Should a runoff for mayor be necessary, that election would be held Tuesday, Oct. 6.