The Duncan Banner

December 1, 2013

Dennington, Nelson discuss 2014 re-election possibilities

Derrick Miller
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — Duncan City Council positions, held by Mike Nelson and Ritchie Dennington, are coming up for vote in April. Dennington plans to run for re-election, and Nelson hasn’t made a final decision.

Between 8 a.m. Feb. 3 and 5 p.m. Feb. 5, the two council positions (Ward 1 and Ward 2) will be open for filing. Although the two councilmen may file for re-election, the people within those wards could file to run against them. The election is set for April 1.

When Nelson and Dennington filed for the council positions in 2011, they ran against then incumbents Michael Hale and Carl Bowers. Nelson and Dennington won the majority votes in both races, becoming the newest additions to the council.

“It’s my year to file,” Dennington said. “I intend to run for re-election. (When you get elected to city council), you certainly hit the ground running.”

Dennington is the vice mayor the for the Duncan City Council, moving into the position this year. He said he wants to see several projects through, and the way to do that is by running for re-election and getting the votes.

Nelson said he’s enjoyed his time on the City Council, but he hasn’t decided if he will run for re-election.

“We’ll have to see what the future holds,” Nelson said.

He said his initial reason for running, and his continuous goal, is to see the City of Duncan prosper. He said that should be every the desire of anyone who chooses to file for the positions.

“I want to see Duncan grow,” Nelson said. “We’re all in the same boat. We all want to grow a better Duncan.”

During Tuesday’s regular meeting, the Duncan City Council approved a resolution, setting the election date in April. The resolution has to be filed with the Stephens County Election Board by Jan. 7. April 1 will be the four possible election date for Stephens County in 2014.