Richmond Hill incumbents Harold Fowler and Van Hunter have qualified to run in the November election, City Clerk Ursula Lee said Tuesday.
Fowler, a former councilman, is seeking a second and final term as mayor after helping change the city charter to limit the office to no more than two consecutive terms. He announced his candidacy in late May.
“The first two years I was mayor I really did not accomplish much,” Fowler said when he announced. “But with the new council coming on last year, I feel like we’ve made some giant strides. I hope to be able in the next four years to continue what we’ve started.”
Hunter, who has served two nonconsecutive terms as mayor pro tem, is seeking his third term overall on the council. He announced his candidacy in July.
“Our biggest challenge is balancing the need to grow with maintaining our sense of who we are as a community,” said Hunter, who if re-elected will serve a second consecutive term. He also was on the council from 2002-06.
Also expected to qualify is council member Russ Carpenter, who earlier announced his intention to seek a second term in office.
Residents interested in running must qualify between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. today and Thursday and 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Friday with Lee at Richmond Hill City Hall. Those running for mayor must pay a $224 fee, while those seeking council seats must pay a $175 fee.
There are no countywide or Pembroke offices up for grabs this year.