HAWTHORNE – Hawthorne’s upcoming June 11 city election for commission members is set with the official candidates after the qualifying period ended April 24.

Seats one, three and five on the commission are up for election. Commissioner William Carlton is running unopposed for seat three and Mayor Matthew Surrency is running unopposed for seat 5. Vice Mayor Tommie Howard is running for re-election for seat one, but unlike Carlton and Surrency, he has an opponent.

Harry Carter has tossed his hat in the ring and will face off against Howard, a friend and fellow member of the American Legion Post 230, a patriotic veterans organization.

Carter has previously served on the commission and opted to get involved with Hawthorne municipal government once again.

“I think I did a good job before and I can make a difference,” said Carter in a recent interview.

Finishing up his first term on the commission, this will be the second election for Howard, but his first contested campaign.

“I’ve always prided myself as being the voice of the people,” he said. “I am a work horse, not a show horse.”

Both candidates expect to begin their campaigns soon with printed posters, signs and making sure Hawthorne’s citizens have their voices heard.

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