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3 Republicans contend in Rochester mayoral race

3 Republicans contend in mayoral race

The Rochester Sentinel
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Beginning April 20, absentee voters in Rochester will have choices to make among candidates running for local elected offices in the May 5 primary election.

The Fulton County Clerk’s Office has announced early voting hours at the Fulton County Courthouse for the primary election, which are as follows:

• 8 a.m.-1 p.m. April 20-25;

• 8 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. April 27-30 and May 1;

• 8 a.m.-1 p.m. May 2;

• 8 a.m.-noon May 4.

The Republican field of candidates for mayor will lose two heading into the general election as Ted Denton, Dave Fincher and incumbent Mark Smiley vie for the seat. Rolland R. Roe is running on the Democratic ticket for mayor.

There also is a primary race for Rochester City Council. The following candidates have filed declarations of candidacy for nomination to city council:
Democrats – Mark McCall, District 1; Jim Swank, District 2; Bryan Holcomb, District 3; Cheryl Kay Downs, District 5; and Lori Roberts, at-large.

Republicans – Matt Freeman, District 2; Burns Becht, District 3; Brian M. Fitzwater, District 3; Martin J. Smith, District 4; John D. Garrett, District 5; Brian Goodman, at-large; Chayse Thompson, at-large.

McCall, Becht, Garrett, Thompson, Smith and Goodman all currently sit on the City Council. Shoda Beehler runs unopposed for city clerk-treasurer.