Thursday, January 6, 2005

It’s election year for municipalities

By BARRY BURLESON
Editor

Anyone interested in seeking a political office in Holly Springs, Byhalia or Potts Camp has a couple of months to qualify.

Voters in the three Marshall County municipalities will elect mayors and aldermen to serve four-year terms.

The deadline for candidates to sign up for this year’s municipal elections is 5 p.m. on Friday, March 4.

Candidates must file a written statement of intent with name, address, political party affiliation and office being sought, plus pay a $10 fee by the deadline.

The procedure for an independent candidate is slightly different. They must also file a petition by the same deadline as party candidates, but must also have the signatures of at least 50 qualified voters of the municipality or specific ward as well.

Each candidate must be a qualified voter and a resident of the city or ward for which he or she is seeking office.

The primaries will be held Tuesday, May 3, with runoffs, if needed, set two weeks later, on Tuesday, May 17.

The municipal general elections are Tuesday, June 7.

New city leaders take office in early July.

City of Holly Springs voters will choose a mayor, an alderman-at-large and aldermen for Wards 1, 2, 3 and 4. The newly-elected city board will appoint the city clerk, which is no longer an elected position. The change was made via a vote of the present board and an adopted city ordinance in June 2003.

Voters in the towns of Potts Camp and Byhalia will pick a mayor and five aldermen-at-large in the upcoming elections.

For those not registered to vote, the deadline to register is Saturday, April 2, at noon, for party primaries.

Absentee ballots will be available in the election process. Deadline to vote in person for the primaries will be Saturday, April 30, at noon. Mail-in ballots will be due no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, May 2.


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