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Incumbent Bill Claxton (left) and challenger Chris Deraney. (File photos)

At least one contested race in Barnesville

There will be at least one contested municipal election in Barnesville in November.

Incumbent Ward 1 councilman Bill Claxton qualified for reelection Monday. Claxton also serves as mayor pro tem and is acting as mayor at present due to mayor Peters Banks being incapacitated by a heart attack.

On Tuesday, Christopher Deraney qualified to oppose Claxton in the Ward 1 race.

Kelly Hughes remains the only qualifier in the mayor’s race. Banks, who is improving rapidly at Sylvan Grove, is not seeking reelection.

UPDATE: Ward 3 incumbent councilman Sammie Shropshire qualified Tuesday. He has no opposition thus far.

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