West Point’s chief executive is not seeking a third term, and a longtime county official has thrown his hat in the ring for the mayor’s race.
Mayor Scott Ross has withdrawn his candidacy for mayor. After filing his papers earlier this month, he withdrew his candidacy Jan. 16 via press release.
Ross cited an “incredible business opportunity requiring immediate attention” as the deciding factor.
Ross went on to say that he “would not have made this decision without the assurance of at least one other qualified candidate who has agreed to stand for office.”
That candidate is none other than former Clay County Chancery Clerk Robbie Robinson. Robinson retired last year after more than two decades in county government.
Robinson filed his paperwork the same day Ross withdrew his.
Although he retired last year from his official post, Robinson has remained highly visible in Clay County politics, serving on the Growth Alliance steering committee responsible for the agreement with the Link.
As of press time this week, the qualifiers for this year’s election are:
• Ward 1: Incumbent Rod Bobo, former Selectwoman Linda Hannah, and William W. Young.
• Ward 2: Incumbent Homer Cannon, William Binder.
• Ward 3: Incumbent Charles Collins, Jimmy Clark.
• Ward 4: Incumbent Keith McBrayer, A.C. House.
• Ward 5: Incumbent Jasper Pittman.
• Mayor: Robbie Robinson, Darlene Cox.
Interested parties have until March 8 to qualify.