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Election 2015: Candidate gathers four times necessary signatures

In City Speak

Richard Yeakley

By Richard Yeakley
Feb. 2, 2015 at 1:06 p.m.
Updated March 4, 2015 at 1:06 p.m.

A candidate for the District 1 council seat gathered four times as many signatures as necessary to formalize his campaign.

Jearl Morris, who is looking to fill the West Longview seat held by John Sims, submitted about 110 signatures to the city secretary's office.

Due to charter amendments approved by Longview voters in 2013 a potential candidate must file either 25 signatures from registered voters who live the district which the candidate hopes to represent or $100.

"All I wanted to do was to be sure that I could come out very strong," Morris said. "I feel the petition would be a much stronger thing.  I planned it that way."

Morris said he was slightly surprised by the level of support.

"I did get more than I anticipated.  I anticipated 50 to 60," he said.

The four other candidates who had filed as of the weekend - Councilman Richard Manley and Dr. Andy Mack for Mayor, Ed Moore also for District 1 and Ben Shelton for District 5 - chose to pay the $100.

Sims will not be running because of term limits.

Candidates can officially file to run through Feb. 27.



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