Auburn Roundup: Candidate Qualifying for Municipal Elections Begins | New

The 2022 municipal election will be held on August 23, giving voters the opportunity to elect Auburn’s mayor and one councilor for each of the city’s eight wards.

The qualifying period for those interested in running for a seat on the Auburn City Council began Tuesday. On Thursday evening, the following candidates filed documents to qualify:

Mayor: Ron Anders Jr.*

Ward 1: Arthur Dowdell Sr., Connie Fitch-Taylor*

Ward 2: Kelley Griswold*, Paul West

Ward 3: Beth Witten*

Ward 5: Sarah Jane Levine, Leah Billye Welburn V

Ward 6: Bob Parsons*, Phillip Pollard

Ward 7: Max Coblentz, Greg Lane

Ward 8: Tommy Dawson*

Candidates must be at least 18 years old and:

Have lived in Auburn for 90 days before the election.

(For council members) Have lived in the district for 90 days prior to the election.

Be a registered voter.

Applicants must drop off qualifying paperwork at City Hall (144 Tichenor Ave.) by 5 p.m. June 28. Applicants must file additional documents with the State of Alabama.

Please note that the Auburn City Council passed new boundaries for the city’s voting wards earlier this year, which also affected voting locations only for the municipal election. Auburn residents are encouraged to research their current neighborhood and voting location to see if their neighborhood has changed since the 2018 election.

Find your current neighborhood and voting location using the voting services map or by entering your address in the footer on

Fiber expansion project underway through August

Work on the 2022 Fiber Expansion Project began last week, continuing the city’s efforts to extend the fiber network to Auburn’s signalized intersections. The contractor will install conduit, fiber optic cables and other items in the following areas:

East Glenn Avenue from Summer Hill to North Dean Roads.

North Dean Road, from East Glenn Avenue to Annalue Drive.

East University Drive from South Gay Street to Moores Mill Road.

Intermittent lane closures are possible throughout the project. Work is expected to take place Monday to Friday between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. until the end of August, barring unforeseen circumstances or significant delays.

The 2022 fiber optic expansion project aims to connect all signalized intersections to the city’s traffic control center, allowing staff to monitor intersections and receive immediate notifications of potential issues. The control center also helps staff synchronize and coordinate traffic light schedules to improve traffic flow.

NAMI meeting Tuesday

NAMI East Alabama, the local affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Auburn Chamber of Commerce, 714 E. Glenn Ave. in Auburn.

NAMI supports families struggling with mental illness through mutual support, education and advocacy. There will be a sharing time. The public is invited.

Lee County Youth Development Center Board Application Available

A vacancy on the board of the Lee County Youth Development Center was announced at the Auburn City Council meeting on June 7. The unexpired term will begin upon appointment and end on September 30, 2023.

The Lee County Youth Development Center is a private, non-profit organization created in response to the growing need for shelter and placement for abused and neglected children. The center strives to provide high-quality care, innovative prevention and treatment programs, and well-trained and skilled staff.

The council is made up of 13 members, four of whom are from the City of Auburn. Members serve a four-year term. The council meets the third Monday of each month at noon in the council chambers of the Lee County Youth Development Center.

Those interested in serving can apply online using the link at Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. on June 27. The municipal council will set an appointment during its meeting on July 5.

Melissa C. Keyes