A new contender has joined the Athens mayoral race, and a former councilman has entered the contest for District 1 City Council.
Jay Bradley “Brad” Horner of Athens qualified to run for mayor Tuesday — the last day candidates can qualify for the Aug. 28 municipal election. Horner joins a field of mayoral candidates that includes incumbent Mayor Ronnie Marks, retiree Ralph Richardson and former councilman from 1986-90 Jerry Hill.
The mayor earns $65,000 a year.
In District 1, former City Council member Danny Crawford qualified Monday to run, making him the fifth candidate in that race. Crawford, who was the incumbent District 1 councilman when he was unseated by retired City Clerk Johnny Crutcher in 2004, will run against Wayne Reynolds, Marty Bruce, William Ray Sanders and Chris Seibert.
Five candidates in that race — none of them incumbents — could lead to a runoff, which would be Oct. 9. Councilwoman Mignon Bowers, who has served one four-year term in District 1, did not seek re-election.
In District 4, Joseph Cannon will take on incumbent Jim Hickman. Hickman was appointed in December 2010 to fill the seat vacated by Marks. Marks, who had served as council president, was named mayor in November 2010 following the election of former mayor Dan Williams to the state Legislature.
In District 5, former City Councilman Brian Terry will take on former Athens Police Chief Wayne Harper. Terry, the incumbent in 2004 in District 4, was unseated by Marks, a former councilman. Councilwoman Milly Caudle, the incumbent, did not seek re-election.
Two councilmen will be running unopposed in August — District 2 Councilman Harold Wales and District 3 Council President Jimmy Gill. Both incumbents qualified to run and neither drew opposition.
Council members earn $12,000 a year.
Beginning Aug. 8, The News Courier will feature extensive coverage of each race leading up to the election.