Qualifying for Post 3, 4 and 5 seats and the mayor’s seat wrapped up Friday afternoon, with no one contesting Post 5 Councilman Jeremy Smith or Mayor Tim Downing.
In Post 3, Alex Berkobin is running against Councilman Michael Zenchuk.
Zenchuk, who was elected to fill Jacqueline Archer’s vacant seat last year, said he is looking forward to a good-spirited campaign, including discussing the issues facing the city.
“(I’ll) continue to do what I’ve done over the past year in terms of fiscal leadership and being a voice for the city of Holly Springs,” Zenchuk said.
Berkobin, a lifelong Cherokee County resident, said he did not pick Post 3 for any particular reason — the posts are at-large. The 29-year-old said he wants to see what kind of difference he can make in the city.
“I know the whole area’s growing really quickly,” Berkobin said. “I’d like to have a greater say than just showing up and voicing my opinion in meetings.”
Berkobin said he moved to Holly Springs after graduating from Georgia Tech and has lived there ever since.
Post 4 Councilwoman Karen Barnett is being challenged by Bob Kovacs, who has served on the Holly Springs Planning and Zoning Commission since February.
Kovacs said he has been involved with the city for several years and thought it was time to step up his involvement in a higher position. He has also previously served on the city’s historic preservation committee and the Downtown Development Authority.
“I think it’s just time for a change,” Kovacs said. “Two of the incumbent have been on (the council) eight years.”
Kovacs said he has seen a lot of unanimous voting and little discussion at recent meetings, and hopes to see more of a focus on the issues rather than just “going with the flow” of the meeting.
“One of my big goals is to see the downtown project go forward,” Kovacs said, referencing the 26 acres owned by the city and DDA that is planned to be developed into a downtown area.
Barnett did not return calls for comment by press time.