Qualifying started out with no surprises Monday in Decatur and Avondale Estates.
Garrett Goebel and Peg Bumgardner signed up to run for the Decatur School Board seat (District 1, Post B) now held by John Ahmann, who is not seeking re-election. Both Goebel and Bumgardner have been active in school organizations over the years and they were both expected to run.
Incumbent Julie Rhame qualified to run again for her school board seat (District 2, Post B).
For the Decatur City Commission, incumbent members Kecia Cunningham (District 2, Post B) and Jim Baskett (at large) agreed to run again.
Longtime Decatur Mayor Bill Floyd has said he’ll see re-election to his city commission post (District 1) but he didn’t sign the papers on Monday. The commission picks the mayor from its ranks after the election. Floyd has held the mayorship since 1998.
In Avondale Estates, two men qualified to run for mayor: incumbent Ed Rieker and David Milliron, a city commissioner.
Yard signs for Milliron quickly popped up around the city.
Nobody qualified for the city commission seats now held by Milliron and Michael Payne. Payne said he wouldn’t run again because he only wanted to serve one term.
Qualifying ends Friday. The nonpartisan election is Nov. 8.
An Avondale Estates candidate forum will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 25 in city hall.
Editor's note: Peg Bumgardner's last name was misspelled in an earlier version of this story.