Second Candidate Qualifies For Mayor, Deadline Is Feb. 5
WATER VALLEY – Just over two weeks remain before the qualifying deadline for municipal offices and only three candidates have submitted paperwork to the city clerk’s office in Water Valley.
Terry Rockette is the latest candidate to qualify as he will run again for mayor. In 2017 Rockette competed in a four-way race for mayor and lost in a runoff against Larry Hart. Rockette also ran in a special election after Hart stepped down as mayor in November, 2017, and was defeated by Donald Gray in a runoff in January, 2018.
Last week the Herald reported that Gray has qualified to run for a second term as mayor. Herbert Rogers also qualified to seek a second term as alderman-at-large. All three candidates are running on the Democratic ticket.
Candidates who plan to run with a party identification must submit qualifying papers to the city clerk’s office and pay a $10 fee. Candidates who plan without a party affiliation as an independent must submit a qualifying statement of intent to the city clerk’s office along with a qualifying petition signed by at least 50 registered voters of the municipality or ward from which the candidate seeks office.
The party primaries are scheduled on Tuesday, April 6, and primary runoffs, if needed, are scheduled on Tuesday, April 27. The general election is scheduled Tuesday, June 8.
The new four-year terms will start on July 1.