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ABERDEEN MAYOR PLANS TO RETIRE
By Eileen Bailey
ABERDEEN – Aberdeen Mayor Don Brasfield announced this week he will not seek re-election in the upcoming municipal elections.
Brasfield, who is completing his first term as mayor of the town of about 7,000 residents, said Wednesday that after many years of working in the private and public sector, he has decided to withdraw from the race and retire.
Two other candidates have qualified thus far for the mayor’s race.
“I’m kind of sad about it,” Brasfield said. “This has been a fascinating time and there has never been a dull moment.”
Brasfield, 70, said he has worked with “an excellent group of people.”
“Aberdeen is blessed with an excellent police department, fire department and electric department that have made that part of city government very easy,” he said.
Brasfield, who retired from Kerr-McGee after 28 years, also served two years as a Justice Court judge, filling the unexpired term of a previous judge. He said he ran for that position and was defeated.
He has served in two wars – as a Marine during World War II and in the Army during the Korean War. He also is retired from the Mississippi National Guard.
The qualifying deadline for the April 2 primary elections is March 1. There will be a runoff if needed on April 16, with the general election following on May 7, said Aberdeen City Clerk Susan Honeycutt.
As of Wednesday, only two candidates had qualified for the Aberdeen mayor’s race. William “Tizzy” Tisdale has qualified as a Democrat and Bob Seymour has qualified as a Republican.
According to Honeycutt, candidates for other city offices who had qualified by Wednesday were all Democrats. Only incumbent Brent Coleman has qualified for the Aberdeen police chief’s race.
In Ward 1, incumbent Alderman Wilchie Clay faces a challenge from Alonzo Sykes. Tom Allmond, Cloyd Garth Sr. and John Ray Hamilton all have qualified for the Ward 2 post, a position held for the last two terms by Mary Elizabeth Hamilton, who has not yet qualified.
In Ward 3, incumbent Alderman Bob Patterson and challenger Willie Cook have qualified. In Ward 4, incumbent Alderman James Eddie Arnold is the lone qualifier. Incumbent Alderman Madies Conner faces a challenge from Edward Haynes Jr. and Kelly Tucker in the Ward 5 race.
Honeycutt said once the qualifying deadline has passed, candidates will be certified by their respective political party’s executive committee. A person will have 10 days to file a petition with the committee concerning a candidate’s qualifications.