Freneaux, Shelton vie for mayor’s position in Central

Two candidates qualified Wednesday to run for mayor of Central, two qualified to run for Central police chief and 10 candidates qualified to run for the city’s five at-large council seats.

Central’s municipal elections are April 5 with a runoff, if needed, slated for May 3.

Mayoral candidates Dave Freneaux and Jr. Shelton will battle to replace outgoing Mayor Shelton “Mac” Watts, the city’s mayor since its incorporation in 2005.

Watts, 70, said Wednesday he did not want to run for the position again.

Candidates Kerry Clark and James Salsbury are vying for the Central police chief’s job. Doug Browning is the police chief, but decided against running for the job again.

Central City Council members Wayne Messina, Aaron Moak and Ralph Washington are seeking re-election, while newcomers June T. Dupuy, Jason Ellis, Shane Evans, Kim Fralick, Eric Frank, Harry Rauls and John Vance qualified to run for the five city council seats.

Every candidate who qualified in the Central elections are Republicans.

Qualifying continues until 4:30 p.m. Friday.

Editor's note: This story was revised on Feb. 25 to correct the spelling of City Council candidate June T. Dupuy's name.