Thursday, February 5, 2009
By BARRY BURLESON
The deadline is still a month away but several have already turned in qualifying papers for municipal elections.
Potts Camp saw the most activity from candidates in January.
Signing up to run for alderman were Dolleen Porter, Sabrina Porter, Johnny Westmoreland, Carol Jean Davis, Robert Swinford, Hurbert Luther, Deborah McCullough and Craig Work.
Westmoreland and Davis are incumbents.
Ricky Lesure has entered the race for mayor of Potts Camp.
Seven candidates qualified in the City of Holly Springs during January.
In the running for alderman Ward 2 are Calvin E. James and incumbent Naylond Hayes.
Two candidates have entered the race for alderman, Ward 4 – Christy Owens and Harvey Payne.
Others returning qualifying papers were Tim Liddy for alderman-at-large; Garrie Colhoun for alderman, Ward 3; and Andre’ DeBerry for mayor. All of those three are incumbents.
In Byhalia, several have picked up qualifying papers, but as of Friday, the only one to return them to town hall was Mike Hamblin, an incumbent alderman.
The deadline for candidates to qualify for municipal elections is Friday, March 6, at 5 p.m.
Each candidate must be a qualified voter and resident of the city or ward for which he or she is seeking office.
The primary elections will be held Tuesday, May 5, with a runoff date of Tuesday, May 19. Municipal general elections are slated for Tuesday, June 2.
The new four-year term for city elected officials will begin Monday, July 6.
City of Holly Springs voters will choose a mayor, an alderman at-large, and aldermen for Wards 1, 2, 3 and 4.
Voters in the towns of Byhalia and Potts Camp will pick a mayor and five aldermen at-large.
For more information on the municipal elections, call the respective city halls – Holly Springs, 252-4652; Byhalia, 838-4512; and Potts Camp, 333-7285.
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