CANTON — The Nov. 5 election will see no shortage of competition for the three seats coming open on the Canton City Council.
As qualifying for the election came to a close Friday afternoon, Canton City Clerk Susan Stanton said nine candidates had thrown their names in the hat to vie for one of the seats, but sitting councilmen Bill Bryan, Bob Rush and John Beresford aren’t on the list.
Stanton said Clint Weatherby, Sandy McGrew and Bob Reilly have all signed on to make a run at taking Rush’s Ward 1 seat, which he will be vacating when his term expires at the end of the year.
Rush said Friday afternoon that he has chosen not to run because of frustrations experienced during his term.
“Four years is enough,” Rush said. “I tried to do what was best for the city and frequently found it difficult to get it through the council. I just decided maybe it was time to let somebody else take a whack at it. I didn’t get the city where I wanted to.”
Stanton said Bill Grant and Ari Durham signed up to run for the Ward 2 seat held by Bryan, who is also leaving when his term runs out.
Bryan said Friday afternoon that it’s time for others to try their hand at sitting on the council.
“I’ve given it five years, and I do think it’s time to let other people take a shot at it,” said the councilman, who also served a partial term before his four-year term began. “I think I’ve had enough.”
But the number of candidates to come forward for the council is encouraging, he said.
“I think it’s great that we’re going to see some new blood, some younger people and some fresh ideas,” Bryan said.
The competition for Beresford’s Ward 3 seat will see the most competition with Thomas Sanders, Farris Yawn, Molly Lewis and John Rust all hoping to take the job, Stanton said.
After months in deliberation, Beresford said Thursday that he would be stepping down once his term runs out, also due in part to frustrations associated to the office.
Although his time in office so far has sometimes been difficult, Beresford said he is comfortable with his actions as a council member.
“I feel that I did what I should do,” he said. “I do not have one problem with the way I’ve voted for anything. And hopefully, I’ll leave the city in a little better condition than when I came into it.”