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Tuesday, December 14, 2004

City Council Field Finalized

The Decatur City Council Field was finalized today. There will be seven people running for three spots, including two incumbents. A primary will be held in Feburary to narrow the field down.
Decatur will have city council primary
Macon County taxpayers likely will pay more than $50,000 so Decatur voters can eliminate one candidate for Decatur City Council in a February primary election. Billy Roberts and Mike Shampine filed paperwork Monday before the 5 p.m. deadline, bringing the total number of council candidates to seven. Five candidates filed early Dec. 6 including Councilman Shad Edwards, Councilwoman Betsy Stockard, Dan Caulkins, Patrick McDaniel and Kimberly Keck.

These divide easily into three tiers of candidates, with the first tier being incumbents Betsy Stockard and Shad Edwards joined by Dan Caulkins and Mike Shampine. The second tier is former mayoral candidate, and current Decatur Tribune reporter Pat McDaniel, followed up by Kimberly Keck, a relatively unknown and Billy Roberts a former City Council Candidate.
Caulkins is a businessman who will likely be backed by the Republican Party. Stockard is the sole black candidate which counts for a lot when the electorate is 25% black. Edwards and Shampine should share most of the union support with a few key unions possibly backing out. McDaniel is somewhat of a community activist in a more professional sense, helping to host Decatur's 175 anniversary as well as being active in promoting downtown Decatur. I have no knowledge of Kimberly Keck or Billy Roberts.