New Haven municipal elections fast approaching

By Mindy Kearns Special to The Register

May 21, 2014

NEW HAVEN — Details of the New Haven municipal election are falling into place, according to Recorder Roberta Hysell, and residents have a little more than a week left to think about their choices.

With the deadline for candidacy as a write-in now complete, the ballot for the June 3 election stands with one candidate each for the mayor’s and recorder’s seats. A total of 10 hopefuls are vying for the five council positions, however.

Heading up the ballot for mayor is political newcomer Charles R. Yonker. Incumbent Roberta Hysell is seeking re-election as recorder.

All five council incumbents are hoping to maintain their spots, including Jim Elias, Sarah Gibbs, Amy Ferguson Gordon, Jessica Howard and Ken Vickers. They are joined by five additional candidates — Jeffrey Zerkle, Vinson “Smitty” Jarrell, Frances Weaver Taylor, Timothy Stone and Elnora Weaver.

Meanwhile, early voting has started and will continue through May 31. People may vote at the city building on weekdays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The city building will be closed Monday in observance of Memorial Day.

Polls on election day will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Hysell said while there are 1,129 people registered to vote in the New Haven election this year, she doesn’t expect voter turnout to be nearly that high.

“We only had a little over 300 vote in the last election,” Hysell stated. “I just hope this time we can get some of the younger people interested and out.”