Candidates slate set for primaries
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 1:00 AM
The slate of candidates is complete for the city's May 7 party primaries as Friday was the deadline to file qualifying papers.
Meanwhile, city officials urged voters to learn what ward they reside in as well as their proper polling place.
Last year's redistricting shifted some voters in Wards 3 and 4. In addition, the polling place for Ward 2 was moved from First United Methodist Church to the Neshoba County Baptist Center.
Voters in Wards 3 and 4 were notified of their change by mail in February, City Clerk James Johnson said.
Three candidates will be on the ballots for Mayor.
Incumbent Mayor James A. Young is seeking reelection as a Democrat.
He is being challenged by two incumbent aldermen: Joe Tullos of Ward 1 and Roy White of Ward 2.
The two were previously elected as Democrats.
Other candidates will include:
Alderman-at-large: Leroy Clemons (D), Willie Jackson (R) and Jerry W. Smith (D). Incumbent Alderman-at-large Janice Payne is not seeking reelection.
Ward 1 Alderman: Laura Bailey (R), Judy Caverhill (R), Josh Gamblin (R), Woodrow Reed (R), Martha Burnside Tatum (D) and John Cook (D).
Ward 2 Alderman: Jim Fulton (R) and Wright Griffis (R).
Ward 3 Alderman: James Tatum (D) and incumbent Ronnie Jenkins (D).
Ward 4 Alderman: Mary G. Griffin (D), Bobbie Jackson (D), incumbent Cecil Nichols (D) and Rudolph Tatum (D).
The May 7 ballots will also include candidates for both the Democratic Party and Republican Party executive committees.
On the Democrat ballot will be Cassie Henson, Ed Williamson, Jan Thompson, Pashen T. Autry, Tara Nichols, Dawanna Davis and Unice Thompson.
On the Republican ballot will be Bill Gilly, Kay Hamill, William Hamill, Don Perry, Steve Dansby and Pat Trest.
In the committee races, residents can vote for one or more candidates, the city clerk said.
The party primaries will be May 7, followed by runoffs on May 21 if needed.
The general election is June 4.
Those elected will take office on July 1.
Last year's redistricting stemmed from the 2010 Census, which showed large deviations from the city's ideal ward population of 1,843 in wards 3 and 4.
Under the new ward map, residents north of Highway 16 west and west of Highway 15 south moved from Ward 3 to Ward 4. This area includes Frog Level Road, Frog Level Lane and Central Drive, among others.
Residents that are north of Wilson Street, but south of Rea Street and west of Pecan Avenue moved from Ward 4 to Ward 3.
Under redistricting, Ward 4 saw its population increase by 278 while Ward 3 decreased by 278.