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August 21--  UPDATE:  Lyons Mayor Willis NeSmith, Jr. qualified for re-election today.

In Santa Claus, Donita Bowen qualified for the Post Two City Council Seat held  by Timothy Horton who has yet to qualify.

August 20--  Only one incumbent on the Vidalia City Council is seeking re-election in the November 5 city election.

Ward Three city councilman and Vidalia Mayor Pro Tem John Raymond Turner is seeking re-election.

In the Fourth Ward, incumbent Lisa Chesser is not running.  Two people who have qualified for her seat are Logan Lawrence and Loyd Mobley, market manager for single family homes at Building Materials Corporation in Vidalia.

Council Member At-Large Kailey Dees is not seeking re-election.  Seeking the seat are former Vidalia Police Chief Frank Waits and Bob Dixon, nephew of Vidalia Mayor Ronnie Dixon and a Financial Director at Building Materials Corporation in Vidalia.

Council member Dees released a statement regarding her decision not to run again.

"As I reflect on the past 4 years, I promise the citizens of Vidalia that I have upheld my council position with the highest integrity. While I yearn to continue serving this community, I have decided not to seek re-election due to personal reasons. I am humbled to have been given the opportunity to serve this community and work alongside fellow citizens who use their talents to continue moving Vidalia in the right direction.

"It has been my honor to represent the citizens of Vidalia as Councilwoman At Large. Throughout my campaign in 2015, I promised to be active, authentic, and accessible. I pledged to serve the citizens of Vidalia in an honest manner. I vowed to make decisions for the current and future best interest of our community based on facts. I have never taken for granted the impact of my vote. I am always mindful that I serve this whole community, whether you voted for or against me. I never promised to make popular decisions, but I did promise to make the right decisions for the benefit of Vidalia. I have focused on fulfilling these promises every day.

"I love this community, and I am thankful for the opportunity I have had to serve. "

Three incumbents on the Vidalia Board of Education have qualified including Doug Roper III., Bruce Asberry and Julie Torrance.

Qualifying closes Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. for Vidalia candidates.

In Lyons, Fifth Ward Councilman Rick Hartley has qualified for re-election.  Mayor Willis NeSmith, Jr. and Third Ward incumbent Ivy Toole are expected to qualify later this week.

In Santa Claus, Amy Lawler has qualified for Mayor while incumbent Mayor Vince Meadows has yet to qualify.  Post Three city council member Tad Bryant has qualified while Post Two incumbent Timothy Horton has yet to qualify.

Qualifying in Lyons and Santa Claus closes Friday at 4:30 p.m.