Two candidates announce for District 6 in Blackshear election

The race for at least one open seat on Blackshear City Council may be contested.

Roy Gilleon tossed his hat in the ring Monday morning and qualified for the District Six seat.

Linda Dennison announced last week she would also run for the seat soon to be vacated by Councilman David Smith. As of The Times’ deadline at noon Monday, Dennison had not yet qualified.

Gilleon, now retired, owned and operated an automotive repair shop in Waycross for years. He served two terms on the Blackshear council from 1996 - 2003. Gilleon’s wife, Debbie, works at Wall’s IGA.

Gilleon says a few current council members approached him about running for Smith’s seat. Smith announced a few weeks ago he would not seek re-election.

“I’m a citizen and not a politician. I have no agenda or special interest groups influencing me,” Gilleon says. “I will represent ALL of the Blackshear citizens to the best of my ability. We are all truly blessed to live in Blackshear, and I am willing to serve you to preserve our values.”

Dennison worked for more than a decade at the Pierce County Registrar’s office. Her husband, Jim, served as County Commission Chair for several years. He died in office.

“I love this city ... I’ve always wanted to do something for this community and I feel like now is the time,” Dennison told The Times last week.

Qualifying opened Monday, August 19, and will close today, Wednesday, August 21. Candidates for all municipal elections may qualify at the Board of Elections office, 312 Nichols Street, Blackshear.