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Mayor Race Is Dec. 19

By David Howell


WATER VALLEY – Voters in Water Valley will go to the polls on December 19 to elect a new mayor. Aldermen set the date for the election during the Nov. 7 city meeting after first declaring the position vacant. All candidates will run as independents in the non-partisan special election. If no candidate receives a majority of the votes, the top two candidates will advance to a runoff on Jan. 9.

Qualifying can start immediately and will continue through Nov. 29, which is 20 days prior to the election. In order to qualify, a candidate must get 50 signatures from registered voters inside the city limits on a petition for the non-partisan special election. 

Other election topics discussed at the meeting included:

• Aldermen voted to use the county-owned  precinct scanners during the elections, which will eliminate hand counting.  The county is not going to charge for the use of the machines. The city will have to pay for programming the machines, an estimated $1,200 to $1,500 for the election. City Clerk Vivian Snider also said the poll workers will have time to be trained on the machines. The election expense will also include ballots and paying pollworkers. 

• Voters will use the same voting precincts as the previous election – Ward 1 – city electric department, Ward 2 – Water Valley courthouse, Ward 3 – National Guard Armory, and Ward 4 – City Auditorium. 

• Municipal Election Commissioners were appointed and include Bonnie Cox, John L. Hairston and Jerry Hill.

Alderman-at-Large Donald Gray presided over the meeting as Mayor Pro Tempore after Larry Hart stepped down from the position on Nov. 3.  Gray, Mickey Howley, Terry Rockette and Herbert Rogers have all told the Herald they plan to run for the position. 

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