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EDITOR'S NOTE: This story has been updated to state the qualifying period opens Wednesday, Jan. 16. It was edited to change Stacey Nichols' title.

Lamar County residents soon will have the opportunity to enter their names in a variety of municipal elections to be decided in May.

Qualifying for local elections begins Wednesday, Jan. 16, and runs through Feb. 16. To run, people can qualify at the city hall in the city they are seeking election. Election day for the local races is May 4.

In Paris, the City Council Post 4 seat of Mayor Steve Clifford, the Post 5 seat currently held by Linda Knox and the Post 7 seat currently held by Paula Portugal are up for election.

Paris voters will go to the Lamar County Courthouse Annex at 231 Lamar Ave. to vote on election day.

The City of Blossom also has three City Council seats up for grabs. They are held by council members Carrie Couch, Nick Holloway and Jeff Stover, City Secretary Stacy Prestridge said.

Prestridge said Blossom residents living north of Highway 82 will vote at Blossom City Hall, 1240 W. Front St., while Blossom residents living south of the highway will likely vote at Blossom United Methodist Church, 315 Faucett St.

In Reno, residents will vote on the seat of Mayor Bart Jetton, the council seat of Councilman Stacey Nichols and the seat held by Councilwoman Amanda Willows.

Reno City Secretary Tricia Smith said voters will cast their ballots at Reno City Hall, 160 Blackburn.

The City of Deport does not have any open elections on the ballot this year, and Roxton officials did not return calls by press time seeking comment on upcoming elections.

Tommy Culkin is a staff writer for The Paris News. He can be reached at 903-785-6972 or at

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