Temple Mayor and City Councilwoman Not Seeking Re-election

Temple Ga -- Temple City Government will look a lot different in 2018 after the current mayor and current Ward 1 City Councilperson have decided to pass on seeking re-election. Neither Councilwoman Penny Ransom nor Mayor Lester Harmon filled out the paperwork this week to qualify for the November elections.

Harmon told WLBB Radio on Thursday that he instead needs to focus his time on his wife, who is facing a return of cancer to her body.

"It has been a shock to us and I stood before god 52 years ago and said I would take care of her in sickness and in health. I would have told you two months ago that I would be qualifying and be running to continue to help the people of this town but now I am going to do my best to take care of my wife."

Of course our best thoughts are with the Harmon family.

With Harmon not a candidate, two men will seek the post of mayor this November.

Gerald Powell is a self employed general contractor who ran an unsuccessful campaign for the Ward 5 city council post two years ago. The second candidate is Michael C. Johnson, a former math teacher at Temple High School.

Ward one will have a new representative on city council in Temple, with Penny Ransom opting not to run again after a single 4 year term in office.

"When I decided to run 4 years ago the seat that I was running for was running unopposed I do not believe that anyone who is involved in civics at all should allow someone to run unopposed so I put my name in the hat and I won. I spent four years trying to bring my vision and where I thought the city should go. Unfortunately I was unsuccessful with that and at this point that seat is not going to be unopposed. I believe it is time for other people to get their vision across," said Ransom.  

Ransom does point out that she is not finished with public service.

She will be replaced on council in 2018 with either former Ward 1 Councilwoman Terron Bivins or real estate investor Avanti Damario Helton. Both candidates qualified this week.

Temple's other active race, for ward two city council will feature  incumbent Howard Walden challenged by temple attorney and son-in-law to Mayor Harmon, Jason Bice.
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