Three qualify for Kingston mayoral race

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Three candidates qualified for Kingston’s special mayoral election in November, including a former mayor, a former city councilman and a previous candidate.

Wanda Penson, who served as mayor from 2014-2015; Chuck Wise, who vacated his Post 3 council seat and Jeannette Perkins-Graves, who ran unsuccessfully for mayor in 2013, all qualified to succeed Ron Casey, who died June 13.

When Wise vacated his seat, he also vacated the Mayor Pro-Tem position, so council appointed post 4 member Mike Abernathy to that position.

“I guess we will have to carry on like this for the next six months,” Abernathy said. “Hopefully there won’t be any more reasons to lose people from this council.”

Council determined that qualifying for the vacant Post 3 seat will be held Aug. 10-12 with the election on Tuesday, Nov. 8.

After the meeting, several citizens voiced concerns that Wise should not have been required to step down, but Kingston City Attorney Brandon Bowen said state law required him to do so.

In other business, the council:

The Kingston City Council will meet on Monday, Sept. 5, at 6 p.m. for a work session followed by a regular meeting.