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All Cumby council seats now up for reassignment

by Logan Vaughan

UPDATE: At 5 p.m. on Aug 19, the city cancelled their Sunday meeting. Another has not been rescheduled for this time.

The City of Cumby will hold elections for all five city council places, according to a preliminary council agenda published on the city website at 1 p.m. on Aug. 19.

Previously, aldermanic places 3, 4 and 5 for Cumby were slated for election on Nov. 2, 2021. Currently occupying those places are Wayne Mobley (Place 3), Betty McCarter (Place 4) and Ryan Horne (Place 5). 

However, a council agenda for a special meeting on Aug. 22 at 1 p.m. now lists Place 1 (Sheryl Lackey) and Place 2 (Amber Hardy Roberson) as up for grabs during the November election as well. 

Lackey attempted to resign on Tuesday, citing the time-consuming nature of acting as both a council member as well as unpaid roles working within city hall. 

However, Mayor Doug Simmerman and city attorney Leigh Thompson advised Lackey they would not accept her resignation. Thompson cited “investigations into other issues that have recently come to our attention,” although she did not specify what these issues were. 

“You cannot withdraw at this time,” Simmerman advised Lackey.

The city of Cumby declined to respond to Front Porch News when asked which candidates had filed for which places, and it is not known which, if any, of the five sitting council members seek to keep their seats.

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