Burns Mayor Landon Mathis and all four incumbent commissioners have started the process of qualifying for re-election on the Nov. 4 ballot. One other candidate has picked up a petition for the mayor’s race and four other candidates have papers to run for the two-year terms on the Burns Board of Commissioners. According to the Dickson County Election Office, Mathis turned in his petition to seek a second term Tuesday. Dean Spurlock picked up a petition to run for mayor June 30 but as of Tuesday had not returned it. The deadline to turn in a petition to be on the ballot for the municipal election of a mayor and four commissioners is noon Thursday. Incumbents Bill Allen, Ed “Shot” Grove, Steven Hayes and Chris Holland have started the process to seek re-election. Also picking up petitions to run for the commission are Ricky Carpenter, Lewis Orcutt, Jerry Perella and Tase Sturgill. Orcutt previously served as a commissioner before unsuccessfully running for mayor in 2012. Sturgill was with the Burns Police Department for seven years before resigning in November 2012 a year after being named chief. Sturgill said he resigned in anticipation of Mathis selecting Paul McCallister as chief but the day before his resignation he was named in a police report as having sent explicit text messages and photographs to a woman. As of Tuesday morning’s election office report, only Hayes had turned in his completed petition. The deadline to turn in a petition is noon Thursday and the deadline to withdraw from the ballot is noon Aug. 28.