Former mayor, former clerk running

After 2 1/2 days of qualifying for mayor of Bowman, only two residents have thrown their hat into the ring, mayor pro-tem Betty Jo Maxwell and former mayor Pamela Johnson. Voters will choose between the two candidates during a special election to be held in conjunction with the May 24 primary.

Maxwell served at city clerk for Bowman for more than 20 years before being discharged by former mayor Jim Scarborough. Maxwell then took the city clerk’s job in Canon and held the position for a number of years.

Maxwell was elected to city council in 2013 and was sworn in as mayor pro-tem when former mayor Pete Gibbons chose to run for the state senate seat being vacated by Bill Jackson.

Council members will hold a short called meeting on Monday, April 18 to appoint a replacement for Maxwell. According to Councilwoman Carla Patten, state law does not allow a person to hold an office and qualify for another position. That law will force Maxwell to resign her current position on council and relinquish her role as mayor pro-tem as well.

Johnson served as mayor of Bowman for four years, losing a re-election bid to Gibbons in 2013. Johnson then attempted to win the seat on council vacated by Gibbons. Johnson lost that bid to former council member Scott Harpold.

When contacted by The Elberton Star, Elbert County Probate Judge Stephanie Hewell said the city would have to wait until the Nov. 8 general election to replace Maxwell on council. “Special elections must be in conjunction with a scheduled election,” said Hewell. “They would not be allowed to hold the election in conjunction with a state or federal runoff election.”

Qualifying dates for that election will be set at a later time. Maxwell served at city clerk for Bowman for more than 20 years before being discharged by former mayor Jim Scarborough. Maxwell then took the city clerk’s job in Canon and held the position for a number of years.

Maxwell was elected to city council in 2013 and was sworn in as mayor pro-tem when former mayor Pete Gibbons chose to run for the state senate seat being vacated by Bill Jackson.

The Bowman council held a called meeting Monday night and elected Clay Rooker as acting mayor.

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