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Two more qualify for Columbus mayor

 

Garthia Halbert has qualified to run for mayor of Columbus. Montrell Coburn also qualified, but a photo was not available by press time.

Garthia Halbert has qualified to run for mayor of Columbus. Montrell Coburn also qualified, but a photo was not available by press time.

 

Gary Jefferson has filed to challenge Ward 5 Councilman Stephen Jones for his seat

Gary Jefferson has filed to challenge Ward 5 Councilman Stephen Jones for his seat

 

 

Alex Holloway

 

 

Two more candidates have filed to run for the mayor's office in city elections. 

 

Garthia Halbert and Montrell Coburn filed with the city registrar's office to run as a Republican and Independent, respectively. Neither candidate responded to contact attempts by press time; however, Halbert is a former managing editor of The Dispatch. 

 

The mayoral race now has four candidates, including former Columbus Police Chief Selvain McQueen and incumbent Mayor Robert Smith. 

 

In Ward 5, Gary Jefferson has filed to challenge Councilman Stephen Jones for his seat. 

 

Jefferson, 50, ran in last year's special election for Ward 5 to replace former councilman Kabir Karriem. Jefferson failed to advance from the initial four-candidate field to the runoff after drawing roughly 26 percent of the vote, behind Jones and Marthalie Porter. 

 

Jefferson, Jones and former Columbus Fire and Rescue Assistant Chief Mark Ward have qualified for the Ward 5 race. 

 

Jefferson said he hopes to improve upon his mistakes for this election. 

 

"I'm trying to work a little harder and reach out to more people," he said. "Every time you do something, you obviously learn from it. I do have a lot of experience now for Ward 5. It will give me an opportunity to capitalize and improve on some of the mistakes I believe I made in my campaign." 

 

If elected, Jefferson said he wants to help improve living conditions by addressing things like crime. 

 

"We need somebody out in the community that people can see trying to make a difference and a cleaner neighborhood," Jefferson said. "We hear so much from candidates talking about the roads and infrastructure and that's fine, but that's just kind of like the status quo."

 

 

 

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