No Candidate Qualifies To Run For Two Century Council Seats. It’s Unclear What Happens Next.

June 18, 2022

No candidates filed to run for two of three Century town council seats that are up for election this year.

And for now, it’s not clear what will happen.

Incumbent Sandra McMurray Jackson was automatically reelected Friday when she was the only candidate to qualify for Seat 5 on the five-member council.

No one qualified by the state-mandated noon deadline on Friday to run for Seat 3, currently held by Leonard White, and Seat 4, currently held by James Smith, Jr.

Escambia County Supervisor of Elections David Stafford had just one simple statement for now as his office works to determine what happens next.

“We are looking into it,” Stafford texted Friday afternoon.

Century Town Clerk Leslie Howington said she believes the possibility exists to reopen the qualifying period, but it remains to be seen if that is the next step.

Pictured top: Leonard White, James Smith, Jr., and Sandra McMurray Jackson at a Century Town Council meeting on May 3. photos, click to enlarge.


18 Responses to “No Candidate Qualifies To Run For Two Century Council Seats. It’s Unclear What Happens Next.”

  1. Connie on June 20th, 2022 11:22 am

    I really thought that the same people would be re-elected. I though about running but I felt that I am not known in Century as I am fairly new to the area and would not be the most qualified to handle the business of Century since I do not have much history there. I would love to get more involved in this town but by not knowing anyone I do not have any backing. I am hoping we can get positive minded people that can bring new innovation to the town rather than just do what has always been done in the past.

  2. Jack on June 19th, 2022 11:32 am

    Maybe they should look outside century to town that have a century address and pay century water bills. Just saying

  3. Jack on June 19th, 2022 11:26 am

    I live in burnville have a century address and pay century water bills but still can’t run. But they can hire any outsider they want. Oh well century good luck you need it

  4. Oversight on June 19th, 2022 7:59 am

    When incumbents don’t want re-election… Here’s your sign to shut ‘her down. LOL!

  5. David Huie Green on June 19th, 2022 3:16 am

    “Century should just be another district of Escambia County.”

    Too small.
    Population Escambia County around 316,691 two years ago
    Century population around 2,000, about one one hundred-sixtieth, 1/160.
    (And if Century prison is counted inside, more than half would be in prison.)

    No way it should count for an entire county commissioner unless we had 160 of them.

    David for perspective

  6. Reader on June 18th, 2022 9:06 pm

    “I heard a certain county commissioner was considering running in the future once their term is over”

    Not unless they move. None of them live in Century

  7. Jeff Drakeson on June 18th, 2022 8:11 pm

    I heard a certain county commissioner was considering running in the future once their term is over … would be interesting to see. I hope it’s true because they need true leadership. Century is my hometown and I want to see them lifted up!!! Please!!!

  8. Susie on June 18th, 2022 3:50 pm

    That County office in Century would make a nice little business office. I agree with @Anne. It’s been a mess since they built it for what it was intended for. Century should just be another district of Escambia County.

  9. Alice Mae on June 18th, 2022 2:49 pm

    Oh Boy!!! Here’s you chance! Every single person who has been in these comments raking the council across the coals….here it is… shoot your shot…

  10. Denny on June 18th, 2022 1:15 pm

    Century’s motion died due to lack of a council.

  11. Unreliable on June 18th, 2022 1:03 pm

    I think we should hire foreign exchange students to run the city of century. Also century should do seminars on how to take a good thing and make it bad. That is a gift it takes someone special to buy a new Toyota Avalon limited and in a few years make it so nasty that no one want to buy it or take in on a trade. Also I think we need brothers on the counsel this my brother Darrel and my other brother Darryl
    Just a few thoughts

  12. David Huie Green on June 18th, 2022 11:21 am

    You have to be a citizen of Century to serve in an elected office.

    The people of Century showed themselves smarter than often given credit.

    I believe appointment to open offices is permitted.

    David for better outcomes

  13. Chris on June 18th, 2022 10:07 am

    Ha ha the stories write themselves.

  14. SW on June 18th, 2022 9:16 am

    Simple: shut it down.

  15. tg on June 18th, 2022 8:25 am

    This says it all no one wants to get on the Titanic.

  16. Darkres on June 18th, 2022 7:49 am

    If only “Century “ mailing address would qualify for Positions, you may find persons would want to participate . Must live within city limits may be the point? Just a possible point to consider

  17. Anne on June 18th, 2022 7:29 am

    Oh, Mama Mia, ONLY in Century.
    Maybe this indicates it is really time to just shut that mess down.

  18. Big AL on June 18th, 2022 5:40 am

    Century is a train wreck. Who in their right mind would want to be a part of that three ring circus?

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