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Politics Start In January For City Races

By David Howell

WATER VALLEY – Candidates can begin qualifying in January for a round of municipal elections scheduled in 2013 across Mississippi.
    Qualifying for aldermen and mayoral seats in Water Valley, Coffeeville and Oakland runs from January 1 to March 8, with the primary election set for May 7 and general election on June 4.
    Water Valley Mayor Larry Hart told the Herald he plans to seek a fifth term as the town’s top elected officials. Hart has served four terms as mayor, from 1993-2005 and again from 2009 until present. He also served a term as aldermen, from 1985 to 1989.
    In the 2009 election in Water Valley, all of the seats were decided in the May Primary election as all of the candidates ran on the Democrat ticket.
    In Coffeeville, incumbent Mayor Mack Burns told the Herald he plans to seek a fifth term.
    “At this time, I plan to seek another term,” Burns reported.
    In order to qualify for the city election, a political party candidate must pay the $10 filing fee and file a statement of intent by the March deadline at the city clerk’s office.
    The new four-year terms start July 1, 2013.

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