By David Howell
WATER VALLEY – Five out of the six races for city positions in Water Valley will be settled in the Democratic Primary election scheduled next Tuesday, May 2, or in the runoff, scheduled May 16.
The races on Tuesday’s ballot include:
Mayor – incumbent Larry Hart, Terry L. Rockette, Cynthia E. Harmon and Herbert Rogers;
Alderman-at-Large – incumbent Donald Gray and Amos Harvey;
Ward 1 Alderman – incumbent Bobby J. Cox and Kagan Coughlin;
Ward 2 Alderman – incumbent Fred White and Freddie Folson; and
Ward 3 Alderman – incumbent Phillip Tallant, Cinnamon Foster and Sandra R. Williams.
Only one race in Water Valley will be settled in the June 6 General Election, as Ward 4 incumbent Larry Bell will face political newcomer Nicole Folson. Bell is running as an independent candidate and Folson is running as a Democrat.
In Coffeeville and Oakland, all candidates are running as independents and will appear on the General Election ballot on June 6.
Absentee balloting will continue at city hall until Saturday at noon, the deadline to cast absentee ballots. In Mississippi, registered voters are eligible to vote absentee because of age, health or work demands, or their affiliation with the U.S. Armed Forces. For example, a voter who will be outside their city of residence on election day are entitled to vote by absentee ballot.
Also voters in Ward 4 will have a change in the precinct location following a Board of Alderman meeting held last Friday. Aldermen approved moving the precinct from Regions Bank to the Water Valley Civic Auditorium after learning the bank would not be available.
Other precinct locations are:
Ward 1 – Water Valley Electric Department;
Ward 2 – Water Valley Courthouse; and;
Ward 3 – National Guard Armory.
(Editor’s Note: The Herald’s report last week that the Coffeeville election will be May 2 was not correct. All Coffeeville candidates run as independents and will appear on the June 6 ballot.)