By David Howell
WATER VALLEY – All three of the county’s municipalities have contested races for mayor after new candidates emerged prior to the qualifying deadline earlier this month.
In Coffeeville longtime incumbent Mack Burns will face William Shelton for mayor. In Oakland another longtime mayor, James Swearengen, faces two challengers – Sam Jones and Cedric Jones. In Water Valley, as previously reported, two-term incumbent Larry Hart will face Terry L. Rockette, Cynthia E. Harmon and Herbert Roger’s for the city’s top elected position.
The final list of candidates for Oakland and Coffeeville were not available at presstime for last week’s Herald. The list of candidates qualifying in Coffeeville include Bryan McCullough and Donald “Duck” Hayes for Alder-man-at-Large, Eva L. Long-street for Ward 1 Alderman, George E. “Chick” Miller and James Anthony Matthews, Sr. for Ward 2 Alderman, Joe R. Bourn for Ward 3 Alderman and Michael “Mike” Ayers for Ward 4 Alderman.
The final list of Oakland candidates includes George Booker, Terry Ellis, Sharonda Jones, Marzet Bland, Joe Willie Jenkins, Lula Jenkins, Roshunder Pierce and Clay Walton, Sr. Aldermen run as independents in Oakland and do not represent wards. The top five vote-getters will take office.
Tuesday, May 2, is Primary Election Day and a primary runoff, if needed, is scheduled on May 16. Voters and potential voters need to take note that Saturday, April 1, is the deadline to register or update voter information for the May primary election. State law requires that city halls remain open from 8 a.m. until noon for voter registration on April 1.
The General Election is scheduled June 6.