The Union County Clerk's Office confirmed that no independents filed Tuesday to be on the November ballot, so it will be the Democratic primary winners versus Republicans in the general election. There is always the possibility of a write-in campaign, but I know of only one instance where such a candidate won and it was for a school board seat in the 1980s. Marie DeNoia created a stealth campaign and secured enough votes for a surprise win on Election Day. But that would be a very long shot for a City Council race, so the contests will be as follows:
First Ward: Democrat Diane Toliver, unopposed. (Councilman William Reid, the incumbent, has hinted that he might step down before Dec. 31 and one can bet that Toliver would get the seat early in that case through appointment. The Democratic City Committee has to give the council three names, but the majority would be bound to choose Toliver.
Second & Third Ward at-large: Democrat Rebecca Williams and Republican Randy Bullock.
Third Ward: Democrat Gloria Taylor and Republican Charles A. Jones Jr.