Liberty Alderman Dwight Mathis looks to become the town's next elected mayor.
Mathis is the only mayor candidate in the race next Thursday, August 1.
The election will be held from 8:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Liberty Community Center. Voting will be by paper ballot. "The law states any municipality with a population of five thousand (5,000) or less may elect to use paper ballots instead of voting machines for municipal elections when there is no opposition for any of the offices involved (on the ballot)," said Administrator of Elections Dennis Stanley. "Liberty did choose to use paper ballots, rather than voting machines, which will save the town approximately $1,200," he said.
One alderman will be elected along with the mayor. Each is to serve a four year term. Incumbent alderman Howard Reynolds, Jr. is seeking re-election. Two aldermen were to have been elected this year but Incumbent alderman Jarrett Pistole chose not to seek re-election and no one else qualified by the deadlines to get his or her name on the ballot or as a write-in candidate. It will apparently be up to the board of mayor and aldermen to make an appointment to fill the position.
Mathis will succeed longtime mayor Edward Hale who passed away in May.