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June 17, 2014

Dobbs will seek another term as mayor of Ferguson

Somerset —

Most yard signs promoting candidates during the recent primary election campaign have disappeared, but one might know ELECTION FEVER would rise again. The political season is warmed by an August 12 filing deadline for small city and school board candidates less than two months away and a November 4 general election just down the road.
 The first political spark in the lull between the primary and general election has flickered in Ferguson. Mayor Allen Dobbs, who admittedly considered not seeking a third term, said he has been encouraged to stay in office and has decided to seek reelection. He will have opposition.
Linda Strunk Hughes, a veteran member of Ferguson City Council, has filed as a candidate for mayor of Ferguson. She is in the final year of her sixth term as a member of Ferguson City Council.
Hughes got into the mayoral contest not sure at the time whether Dobbs would run again. “Several months ago, he was talking like he wouldn’t run for reelection ... but the last month or so, he has been talking like he would,” she said Tuesday morning.
Dobbs removed all doubt Tuesday afternoon.  He will run again. “I have my papers (Petition of Election). I just haven’t filed,” he told the Commonwealth Journal. “I think we have accomplished a lot. I believe people are happy ... but you can’t make everybody happy,” Dobbs laughed. “With Linda Hughes in the race, people of Ferguson will have a choice,” he added. 
The mayor of Ferguson serves a four-year term. Members of Ferguson City Council, in addition to Hughes, are Pam Cordell, Tony DePrato, Malissa Thacker, Sandy Pitman and John Westberry. Mayoral and councilor candidates have until 4 p.m. August 12 to file.
 City officials will be elected in all municipalities in Pulaski County this year. 
Candidates for Somerset city offices had to file by January 28. Primary contests developed for mayor, and in Somerset City Council’s Ward 4. Primary results pitted incumbent Mayor Eddie Girdler against businessman Alan Keck in a mayoral contest this fall, and James “Jimmy” Eastham and Betty Barnes Cook will vie for the 4th Ward Council seat.

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