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Qualifying Ends Wednesday For Mayor’s Race

WATER VALLEY – Only a week remains before the qualifying deadline in a special election for mayor in Water Valley and the ballot could swell to at least three candidates seeking to lead the city. The special election will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 13, and the deadline to qualify is Wednesday, Jan. 24.

Ron Hart was the first candidate to qualify, turning in his petition to the city clerk on Jan. 8. Tommy Reynolds reported his qualifying petition is ready and he will turn it in as soon as city hall reopens after the icy weather. Terry Rockette told the Herald Tuesday that he also plans to run for the position.

To qualify, a candidate must submit a petition to the city clerk signed by not less than 50 qualified electors who reside in the City of Water Valley. There is no qualifying fee and candidates do not run on a party affiliation in the special election. All candidates will run as independents.

The winner of the special election will serve the remainder of the term that ends June 30, 2025. The mayor’s seat was formerly held by Donald Gray, who resigned at the end of the year to take office as Yalobusha County Chancery Clerk.

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