Three qualify to run for Milledgeville mayor

Three candidates are making a run to become Milledgeville’s next mayor following the resignation of Mayor Richard Bentley earlier this year.

Melba Burrell, a 66-year-old business owner; former Mayor Floyd L. Griffin Jr., a 70-year-old funeral home owner; and Gary L. Thrower, a 55-year-old local businessman, qualified to run for mayor.

While Burrell and Thrower are new to the political scene, Griffin was elected to the Georgia state Senate in 1994 and served District 25 for two terms. Griffin was unsuccessful in his 1998 bid for lieutenant governor and served as Milledgeville’s mayor from 2002-2006, according to his biography on the website of Slater’s Funeral Home.

Qualifying ran from Wednesday through noon Friday, said Patti Rushin, finance department manager who oversaw qualifying this week.

“It went very smoothly,” she said.

Bentley resigned from the mayor’s office because of health problems. The special election to replace him is set for June 16.