CHAPEL HILL -- The Board of Mayor and Aldermen here would appear to be getting a new alderwoman in September because only three people have filed petitions of candidacy in the town's Aug. 7 election when voters are to elect three aldermen.
The prospective alderwoman is Marion Joyce of 506 Depot St., a 1967 graduate of Forrest High School and a retired educator who's worked in Rutherford and Marshall counties schools. She was a county commissioner from District 1 for eight years until she was unseated by a four-way race in 2006.
Joyce and incumbent aldermen Henry Frame and Horace Hill Jr. filed petitions in April to be named on the August town ballot. Without a write-in candidate asking county election officials to count their paper ballots, Joyce, Frame and Hill will be elected without opposition.
Alderwoman Kris Holton has not filed a petition for re-election.
Joyce wants to be a Chapel Hill alderwoman "because I love my community and feel like I can bring some knowledge to this group of public servants. It's a hard job and I'm retired now and have time to do it."
Having served in public office, Joyce was diplomatic with her comments on her candidacy and the panel she's to join.
"You receive no thanks and a lot of criticism," Joyce said of public service.
"We're going to face a lot challenges," she said. "The economy is in turmoil, so I want to do what I can to help the citizens of our community."
Chapel Hill is to celebrate its bicentennial on July 4, but the town board has faced more complicated and serious issues recently.
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