New candidates have qualified for the upcoming local races this November for Madison City Council, Bostwick City Council and Rutledge City Council, but only Rutledge will have contested races.

In Madison, Betsy Wagenhauser is the presumed winner to take over for Chris Hodges’ District 5 seat. Hodges decided not to run for reelection and Wagenhauser, owner of the historic Bonar Hall, is running for the seat unopposed.

“I am really excited. I like a lot of what Chris was doing in the city and I am hoping to step in to move her legacy forward,” said Wagenhauser, who said she shared Hodges’ focus on sidewalk installations throughout the city, recruiting more affordable housing options and protecting the historic district.

Hodges is fully supporting Wagenhauser’s candidacy.

“So thrilled this beautiful lady qualified for District 5 Madison City Council,” wrote Hodges on Facebook. “I will do everything I can to help her achieve her goals.”

Wagenhauser pledged to represent everyone in her district as well as working with all the council members to improve the City of Madison as a whole.

“I am not looking to rock the boat, but I am also not afraid to stand up and be heard for my district and for all of Madison,” said Wagenhauser.

Madison Mayor Fred Perriman is running for reelection unopposed along with Councilman Eric Joyce, who is seeking a second term for the city’s District 2 council seat. Both are the presumed winners.

“I am grateful the city still has confidence in me to be the mayor,” said Perriman. “We will continue to move forward as we have in the past and continue to make Madison the city that all of us desire it to be.”

“I am very honored to have been given the opportunity to serve the citizens of Madison’s District 2 for another term on our city Council,” said Joyce. “It is a responsibility I take very seriously, and I promise to continue to do my utmost to represent our constituents to the best of my ability. I congratulate Mayor Fred Perriman as he receives another term in office, and I welcome Betsy Wagenhauser to our Council. Challenges remain, but the opportunities are great, and our path is indeed forward.”

In Rutledge, three contested races, for Mayor and two council seats, are underway.

Incumbent Bruce Altznauer will run against Challenger Allen Smith for Rutledge Mayor. Incumbent Adam Beckstine will run against Challenger Devon Dartnell for the Council City 1 seat. Incumbent Brandie Williams Owens will run against Challenger Wesley Johnson for the City Council 3 seat.

In Bostwick, all of the incumbents qualified and are running for reelection unopposed: Mayor John Bostwick, Ken Johnson, Lee Nunn, Angie Howard, and Damon Malcom.

The election for all available local offices will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 2. The polls will be open on election day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The last day to register to vote in this election will be on Oct. 4. If there is a need for a run-off election for any seat, that will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 30.

For more information, call the Morgan County Board of Elections and Registration at (706) 343-6311.

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