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City names election officials, sets pay rate

The City of Greenville appointed officials on Monday for its Aug. 28 election.

With four of the five district races and the mayoral race already decided, the city will operate just one polling place on election day.

Patrick Newby (inspector), Susan Murphy (registration list clerk), Clarice Newby (poll list clerk), Nell Daughtry (ballot clerk) and Bobby Rogers (alternate clerk) will serve as the election officials for District 1.

Bryan Reynolds, Jerry Myers and Keith Gibson are vying for the District 1 seat. Dr. Jean Thompson currently holds the seat, but decided not to seek another term.

Incumbent Mayor Dexter McLendon and councilmen Ed Sims (District 2), Tommy Ryan (District 3), James Lewis (District 4) and Jeddo Bell (District 5) were unopposed. All five were declared duly elected by a resolution adopted on July 23.

City Clerk Sue Arnold, who serves as the election manager, estimates the election, and potential runoff election, will cost the city $5,000. Had all six races been contested, she said the cost of the election would likely have been closer to $25,000.

According to Arnold, had the races been contested, the city would have had to print ballots, hire poll workers, pay for postage for absentee ballots, issue voter registration cards due to redistricting and rent electronic voting machines for all five districts. Instead, the city will pay those cost for just District 1.

At Monday’s meeting, the City Council passed a resolution setting the compensation for election officials at $120 per day.

If a runoff election is necessary, the election officials will also work the Oct. 9 election.