By Julie Vaughan
Current Canton Mayor Cary Hilliard filed for one of the two city council seats that are up during the May election cycle.
Hilliard was elected to serve on the council as mayor for the city of Canton in May 2011.
The lone candidate seeking the mayor’s seat is Rick Lawrence, who works as a licensed clinical social worker.
Lawrence has previously served as mayor for the city of Canton and was former county judge.
Other candidates filing for one of the two positions on the city council, other than Hilliard, are Elisa M. Heard, and incumbents Vicki Marshall Chambless and Candice Benson.
Heard is a real estate and land developer.
Benson is a stay at home mom, and Chambless is operations manager at First State Bank Athens, Tyler Street Branch.
Chambless and Benson have served on the council for two years.
Terms on the city council are for two years.
Retired fire fighter Jimmy Peace had filed for the city council, but Monday morning withdrew his name.
In the school board election, there are three seats that will be vacant. Those seats are currently held by Charles Beasley, Kym Phillips and Mike Malouf.
At the close of business on Friday, TA Hale was the lone candidate to file for Place 3 which is held by Beasley.
Malouf was the only candidate filing for Place 5.
Incumbent Kym Phillips, however, will be challenged for Place 4 by Darryl Jeanes.
Both Malouf and Phillips were elected to serve in 2010.
Positions on the school board are three-year terms.
Election Day is set for May 11 from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. at the junior high library and is held jointly with the city and school.
Early voting is April 29-May 3. The city will hold their early voting at the City Office Complex (COC) located at 24980 State Highway 64 East from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and on May 6-7, city early voting will be from 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
The school will hold their early voting April 29-May 3 as well, but it will be from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. only, at the administration office located at 225 West Elm Street.
The deadline for an application for a ballot by mail is May 3, and the last day to register to vote is April 11.
Candidates are encouraged to turn in their newspaper candidate questionnaire to the Canton Herald office either in person or by e-mail no later than Friday, April 12 at 3 p.m.