Thursday, May 14, 2009
Four races go to May 19 vote
By BARRY BURLESON
Holly Springs voters go back to the polls next Tuesday, May 19, to decide four races.
Three are runoffs, and one is the result of a rare tie vote in the May 5 primary.
Headlining the runoff races is the one for the mayor’s job. The two remaining candidates are incumbent Andre’ DeBerry and challenger Barry Thomas.
Thomas led DeBerry by 95 votes in the final primary count – 998 to 903. Patricia Selman received 199 votes and Lawrence Riddle 55.
The runoff candidates for the alderman-at-large position are incumbent Tim Liddy and challenger Johnnie Bagley.
Liddy was the top vote getter May 5 with 1,024 votes. Bagley followed with 737. Henry Boyd received 343.
Contenders in the runoff for alderman Ward 4 are Harvey Payne Sr. and Christy Owens. Payne led Owens by just 24 votes in the primary – 275 to 251. Hoyt Johnson recieved 82 votes.
Opponents Naylond Hayes, the incumbent, and Calvin James are back on the ballot for alderman Ward 2. The final totals from the May 5 primary show each with 285 votes.
“It’s really something,” said city clerk Belinda McDonald about the deadlock. “I’ve never seen it before.”
According to an attorney general’s opinion from 1991 concerning a tie vote in Issaquena County, the correct procedure for breaking a tie between two candidates in a first primary is placing their names on the ballot again for the second primary.
All voting next Tuesday, May 19, will again take place at the Holly Springs Fire Station. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Absentee voting is now available in the city clerk’s office at city hall. That office will be open from 8 a.m. to 12 noon Saturday, May 16, which is the final day to vote absentee in person.
Two aldermen were re-elected on May 5 – Russell Johnson in Ward 1 and Garrie Colhoun in Ward 3.
Johnson defeated challenger Betty Yates by only nine votes – 163-154. He will be serving his third term.
Colhoun beat challenger Christopher Stephenson 374 votes to 216. He will be serving his fifth term.
Newly-elected City of Holly Springs officials will take office for a four-year term in July.
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