By David Howell
WATER VALLEY – Voters in Water Valley and Coffeeville will go to the polls on May 2 to vote in the Primary Election.
Candidates for Water Valley mayor include incumbent Larry Hart, Terry L. Rockette, Cynthia E. Harmon and Herbert Rogers. Candidates running for alderman positions include incumbent Donald Gray and Amos Harvey for Alderman-at-Large; incumbent Bobby J. Cox and Kagan Coughlin for Ward One; incumbent Fred White and Freddie Folson for Ward Two; incumbent Phillip Tallant, Cinnamon Foster and Sandra R. Williams for Ward Three; and incumbent Larry Bell and Nicole Folson for Ward Four. Bell qualified as an independent and is the only candidate not running on the Democratic ticket in Water Valley. Bell and Folson will face off in the General Election scheduled June 6.
Candidates qualifying in Coffeeville include Mack Burns and William Shelton for mayor; Bryan McCullough and Donald “Duck” Hayes for Alderman-at-Large; Eva L. Longstreet 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.
In Oakland, voters will go to the poll on June 6 for the General Election, as all candidates run as independents and there is no party primary election. Candidates qualifying in Oakland include James Swearengen, Sam Jones and Cedric Jones for mayor; George Booker, Terry Ellis, Sharonda Jones, Marzet Bland, Joe Willie Jenkins, Lula Jenkins, Roshunder Pierce and Clay Walton, Sr. Oakland does not have ward divisions, and five aldermen candidates receiving the most votes are elected as alderman.
The winners in all three municipalities will take office in July.
Circuit Clerk Daryl Burney reported final work on preparing the polls books for Water Valley, Oakland and Coffeeville is underway. Since 2010, circuit clerks’ offices in Mississippi have been responsible for maintaining the poll books for the municipal elections. Burney reported the poll books will be printed out and delivered to the municipalities approximately one week prior to the election.
Although the deadline has passed to register to vote in the May 2 Primary election, Burney urged voters to contact his office or the city clerk in the town they live in if they have questions about which ward they live in or need to update their address.
The map below shows the ward lines in Water Valley. A description and the location of the four voting precincts in Water Valley are included in the bottom right portion of the map.