Filing now open for city, school board elections

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By Travis Jenkins

There will be so new faces in the upcoming municipal and school board elections and some familiar ones…very familiar, in fact.

Filing opened on Friday for the City of Chester Municipal election. As is the case in every other election, there is a race for the mayor’s office and it has drawn the most interest. George W. Caldwell, the one-term incumbent, is seeking his second term in office, but will be opposed by Wanda Stringfellow and Ken Lebbon. Stringfellow has had two separate tenures as mayor previously, winning the seat in 1999 and retaining it 2003, before losing it to former Mayor Mitch Foster, winning it again in 2011 and losing it to Caldwell in 2015. Lebbon is the director of CURES (Citizens United for Redevelopment and Economic Stability).

In Ward I, William “Budda” Killian has filed to seek a third term on council but will face opposition in the form of Susanne Nazian, co-director of CURES.

Longtime incumbents Betty Bagley (Ward II) and Annie Reid (Ward III) have filed to run but thus far have no opponents. No has yet filed for the seat in Ward IV, including incumbent Carlos Williams.

Filing is also open for the District 5 seat on Chester County School Board, which opened with the recent death of Patricia Wilmore. Former board member and frequent candidate Rev. Bill Stringfellow will be running as is newcomer Timothy Hughes.

Filing will remain open through next Friday at noon. Those wishing to run for city council must reside in the ward in which they run. Filing takes place at the county elections office on Ella Street.

Candidates may submit an announcement of their candidacy to The News & Reporter by bringing it to our office at 104 York St. or email to tjenkins@onlinechester.com.