The 2022 Municipal Election will take place on Aug. 23, giving voters the opportunity to elect Auburn’s mayor and one councilperson for each of the City’s eight wards.
The qualifying period for those interested in running for a seat on the Auburn City Council began on Tuesday. As of Thursday evening, the following candidates have filed paperwork to qualify:
• Mayor: Ron Anders Jr.*
• Ward 1: Arthur Dowdell Sr., Connie Fitch-Taylor*
• Ward 2: Kelley Griswold*, Paul West
• Ward 3: Beth Witten*
• Ward 4: Tyler Adams
• Ward 5: Sarah Jane Levine, Leah Billye Welburn V
• Ward 6: Bob Parsons*, Phillip Pollard
• Ward 7: Max Coblentz, Greg Lane
• Ward 8: Tommy Dawson*
Candidates must be at least 18 years old and:
• Have lived in Auburn for 90 days prior to the election.
• (For council members) Have lived in the district for 90 days prior to the election.
• Be a U.S. citizen.
• Be a registered voter.
Candidates must file qualification paperwork at City Hall (144 Tichenor Ave.) no later than 5 p.m. on June 28. Candidates must file additional paperwork with the State of Alabama.
For more information about qualifying and the upcoming election, visit auburnalabama.org/elections.
Please note, the Auburn City Council adopted new boundaries for the City’s voting wards earlier this year, which also affected the voting locations for only the Municipal Election. Auburn residents are encouraged to look up their current ward and voting location to see if their ward has changed since the 2018 election.
Find your current ward and voting location using the Voting Services Map or by entering your address into the footer at auburnalabama.org.
Fiber expansion project underway through August
Work on the 2022 Fiber Expansion Project began last week, continuing the City's efforts to expand the fiber network to Auburn's signalized intersections. The contractor will install conduit, fiber optic cable and other elements in the following areas:
• East Glenn Avenue from Summer Hill to North Dean roads.
• North Dean Road from East Glenn Avenue to Annalue Drive.
• East University Drive from South Gay Street to Moores Mill Road.
Intermittent lane closures are possible throughout the project. Work is expected to take place Monday-Friday between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. through the end of August, barring any unforeseen circumstances or material delays.
The 2022 Fiber Expansion Project aims to connect all signalized intersections to the City's Traffic Control Center, allowing staff to monitor intersections and receive immediate notifications about potential issues. The control center also helps staff synchronize and coordinate traffic signal timings to improve traffic flow.
NAMI Meeting on Tuesday
NAMI East Alabama, the local affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the Auburn Chamber of Commerce, 714 E. Glenn Ave. in Auburn.
NAMI supports families dealing with mental illness through mutual support, education, and advocacy. There will be a time for sharing. The public is invited.
Lee County Youth Development Center Board application available
A vacancy on the Lee County Youth Development Center Board was announced at the June 7 Auburn City Council meeting. The unexpired term will begin upon appointment and end Sept. 30, 2023.
The Lee County Youth Development Center is a private nonprofit established in response to the growing need for shelter and placement for abused and neglected children. The center strives to provide a high standard of quality care, innovative prevention and treatment programs and well-trained, qualified staff.
The board consists of 13 members, four of whom are from the City of Auburn. Members serve four-year terms. The board meets the third Monday of each month at noon in the Lee County Youth Development Center Board Room.
Those interested in serving may apply online using the link at auburnalabama.org/boards. Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. on June 27. The City Council will make an appointment at its July 5 meeting.