Central candidates, all Republicans, ready to run

Two people are running for mayor, two for police chief and 11 for City Council — and every last one is a Republican.

Qualifying ended Friday afternoon for the April 5 primary.

Running for mayor are Dave Freneaux and “Jr.” Shelton. They are seeking the seat of Central Mayor Shelton “Mac” Watts, who decided not to run again.

Candidates Kerry Clark and James Salsbury are vying for the police chief’s job. Doug Browning, the current police chief, is not seeking re-election.

City Council members Wayne Messina, Aaron Moak and Ralph Washington are seeking re-election.

New candidates for City Council are June T. Dupuy, Mike Gardner, Jason Ellis, Shane Evans, Kim Fralick, Eric Frank, Harry Rauls and John Vance.

The council candidates run at large for the five seats on the council.

A runoff, if needed, will be held May 3.

A candidate meet-and-greet will be held at 6 p.m. Monday at the Central High School Theater.

Candidates for mayor, council and police chief have been invited to the forum, which is sponsored by the Republican Women of Central and the Central Republican Coalition.

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