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Voters Will Elect Mayor Tuesday

By David Howell


WATER VALLEY – Voters will make another trip to the polls Tuesday to elect a new mayor in the runoff election between Donald Gray and Terry Rockette. Gray and Rockette garnered the most votes on the four-way ticket on Dec. 19 – Gray with 330 or 38 percent of the vote tally and Rockette with 220 votes or 25 percent of the 877 votes.  Other candidates on the Dec. 19 ballot included Mickey Howley, who received 206 votes and Herbert Rogers, who earned 121 votes.

The position was vacated in November after Larry Hart resigned, setting the stage for the non-partisan special election on Dec. 19. Rockette ran in the Democratic Primary election last May for mayor and was defeated by Hart in a runoff. 

Gray was also on the ballot in the May Primary, winning his third term as alderman-at-large. If Gray wins the upcoming runoff for mayor, aldermen will schedule a special election for the alderman-at-large position to fill the vacated seat. 

City Hall will be open from 8 a.m. until noon for absentee voting, which is deadline to vote early in the race.  Voters can also stop by the city clerk’s office during normal business hours (8 a.m. to noon, 1 to 5 p.m.). the remainder of this week.

A registered voter in the city is allowed to vote in the runoff election, even if they did not cast a ballot in the first round on Dec. 19. 

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