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Two city council incumbents to face challengers

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Aside from the presidential selection that voters will be making in November, local residents will also choose leaders closer to home.

Thursday was the deadline for city council candidates in Shelbyville, Normandy and Wartrace to file their papers with Bedford County election commissioner Summer Leverette.

Seats in Wards 1, 3, and 5 in Shelbyville are up for grabs, with former mayor Henry Feldhaus to challenge incumbent Jo Ann Holland in the first ward.

In Ward 3, incumbent Kay Rose will be running against Lizzie M. Peoples and Buster Pruitt, Jr.

Jean Pruitt, Ward 5 representative, is unopposed.

Steve Lewis and Mike Mitchell are running for two open seats in Normandy and in Wartrace, Barnett Payne was the only person to file.

Ward shifts

Some Shelbyville residents may want to check with the election office to see if their wards have changed. Slight changes to the city's wards were approved by the council in February.

Council representation is reviewed and adjusted every 10 years if necessary based on population changes as reported by the U.S. Census. Each legislative district, whether at the city, county or state level, must contain a roughly equal number of residents, so that each citizen's vote carries equal weight.

City manager Jay Johnson explained last fall that the wards had to be laid out in a "zero sum game," meaning the council didn't have a lot of room to move large numbers of citizens between the areas.

The 2010 Census stated that Shelbyville has a population of 20,335, meaning that approximately 3,400 people are assigned to each of the city's six wards.

The Shelbyville city election may see some new participants as well. An ordinance passed last year will allow citizens who own property in Shelbyville, but do not live within the city limits, to vote by absentee ballot.

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