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Qualifying week ends with six candidates in Forest Park election

By Kathy Jefcoats

kjefcoats@news-daily.com

FOREST PARK — The mayor’s race is a four-person contest with two candidates facing off for Ward 1 during the March 19 special election. 

Elections superintendent Darnell Moorer said Friday that the four mayoral candidates are Sparkle Adams, John Finch, Dabouze Antoine and David Lockhart. Vying for Ward 1 are Tommy Smith and Kimberly James. Adams resigned her Ward 1 seat Feb. 1 to make the run for mayor.

Both seats are up for re-election in December so whoever takes the March election will have to run again before the end of the year. Early voting starts Monday. Residents who need information about the election should call City Hall at 404-366-4720.

Finch, 54, is a fleet technician and mechanic with Army Air Force Exchange Service. He’s lived in Forest Park his whole life. Divorced, Finch has three children and three granddaughters. He coached neighborhood baseball and softball teams in Forest Park for more than 20 years.

Finch said if he’s elected mayor, he will be a dedicated servant.

“That’s something that has been missing in our leadership for a while,” he said.

James filed an ethics complaint against former Mayor Corine Deyton last fall. Deyton, who was battling health issues that led to her retirement from office, was accused of being derelict in her duties.

The complaint went nowhere when Deyton retired Oct. 15.

Smith and James lost to Adams in Ward 1 in 2009.