By David Howell
WATER VALLEY – Voters in Water Valley, Coffeeville and Oakland will go to the polls for the General Election on Tuesday, June 6.
There is only one contested race in Water Valley as Ward 4 incumbent Larry Bell will face Nicole Folson. Bell is running as an independent, which pushed the election to the General Election ballot. Folson is running as a Democrat.
Although all of the other positions in the City of Water Valley were settled in the Democratic Primary last month, all four of the town’s precincts will be open as the unopposed Democratic nominees – Larry Hart (Mayor), Donald Gray (Alderman-at-Large), Kagan Coughlin (Ward One Alderman), Fred White (Ward Two Alderman) and Cinnamon Foster (Ward Three Alderman) – will appear on the ballot.
The June 6 General Election will also settle all of the positions in Coffeeville and Oakland as all candidates in both towns run as independents. Candidates 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.
Oakland candidates 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. Aldermen do not run in specific wards and the top five vote-getters will take office.