Mayoral Candidate Withdraws From Race

Selma Town Council William Overby withdrew his bid for Selma mayor on Monday. After withdrawing from the 3-way mayor’s race, Overby filed for reelection to the town council. Photo

UPDATE: Late-Monday, Timmy Wayne Strickland of River Road filed for Mayor of Selma. He becomes the third candidate in the race.

The race for Selma mayor took another twist on Monday when one of the three candidates who had filed withdrew.

Selma Town Councilman William Overby who filed July 7th to challenge incumbent Mayor Cheryl Oliver withdrew from the race Monday.  Overby, whose seat on the town council is up for election this November, immediately filed for reelection to the town board after withdrawing from the mayor’s race.

Overby said his decision to withdraw from the mayor’s race was due to Councilman Tommy Holmes filing for mayor on July 14th.  Overby said in a three-way race for mayor, he felt the vote totals would be too tight among the 3 candidates to have a chance to win.

Overby ran unsuccessfully against Mayor Oliver in 2015.  At the time Overby had 2 years remaining on his term on the town council.

Two seats are up for election on the Selma Town Council this November.  In addition to Overby now seeking reelection to his council seat, Mayor Pro Tem Jackie Lacy has also filed for another 4 year term.

John Radford, a retired school counselor, filed Monday for a council seat.

The filing period for all municipal elections in Johnston County remains open through Noon this Friday, July 21st.