Filing starts Friday for City Council candidates

Those interested in filling a Beaufort City Council seat can start filing for candidacy on Friday.

The seat was left vacant on April 22 with the passing of longtime Councilman Gary Fordham. Fordham's term expires in 2012. The special election will be held July 19.

The filing deadline is noon June 4. There's a $150 filing fee. Checks should be made out to the city of Beaufort.

Beaufort City Council seats are non-partisan and elected at large, meaning all registered voters in the city will be able to participate in the special election, according to the city of Beaufort.

According to the city of Beaufort, the filing essentially should say: "I hereby file notice that I am a candidate for election to the office of Council member in the special municipal election to be held on July 19, 2011. I certify that I am a qualified elector and resident of the City of Beaufort."

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