Chester set to select its leadership

There will be some new faces leading the city of Chester after July 1.

That is apparent enough from looking at the ballot set to go before city voters on Tuesday, where they will choose Chester’s new mayor, member of city council and the city clerk.

Only one of the races will be contested; that of First Ward council which has three candidates — Sandra Eddy, Patrick Murphy and Thomas Paisley — facing off.

The Fourth Ward race initially was going to be contested; however, incumbent councilman Ed Beaumont, who had filed for re-election, died in May. That means candidate Ken Morris, who previously served as Chester’s mayor, is set to rejoin municipal government.

With no one registered against him, Edward Wedgewood is set to be the new Third Ward council representative.

Rex Cowey, is the lone candidate for mayor. He previously held the post from 1972 to 1974.

Incumbent councilmembers John Woodruff and Steve Shuman also are running unopposed, as is City Clerk Marlene Fleming.

That shouldn’t keep Chester’s residents from voting. It is still important to let their voices be heard, no matter how many — or how few — candidates are on the ballot.

Early voting concludes today in the city clerk’s office with votes taken from 8 a.m .to 4 p.m., and the election itself will be held 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall.