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Election 2015: First of filings bring no surprises

In City Speak

Richard Yeakley

By Richard Yeakley
Jan. 28, 2015 at 1:09 p.m.
Updated March 4, 2015 at 1:10 p.m.


The first day to file for city office Wednesday saw no surprises in Longview with five candidates who had already announced their intention to seek office filing and no newcomers entering the race.

District 5 Councilman Richard Manley and former councilman Dr. Andy Mack, both of whom announced their candidacies this month, officially filed for a place on the ballot to seek an open mayor seat in Longview after Mayor Jay Dean will complete his third and due to term limits final three-year term.

Three candidates for seats on the City Council also filed.

Jearl P. Morris, 79, who sits on the Longview Planning and Zoning Commission, and Edward “Ed” C. Moore IV, 68, a longtime financial adviser and former city administrator, both filed for the District 1 seat held by John Sims, who will not be running because of term limits.

Ben Shelton, 34, director of operations for Pathway Church, filed to run for the District 5 seat Manley will be leaving — win or lose — in May.

No candidate has filed for the District 2 seat, held by Councilman Gary Smith who can choose to seek re-election.

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