Two Amory races go to runoff on May 19.
By CHRIS WILSON
AMORY – Howard Boozer won re-election to a second term as mayor of Amory Tuesday in the Democratic primary. Facing two opponents, Boozer, in unofficial vote returns, captured 1,002 votes. His opponents, Roy Parham and Tywan Arrington, took 291 and 220 votes respectively.
In other races, incumbent Dan Rogers in the Ward 1 Alderman race was defeated by Buddy Carlisle by a vote of 298 to 266. Carlisle will face Independent candidate Rex Coker in the general election on June 2.
In the Ward 4 race, with incumbent Peggy Wilkerson not seeking reelection, there were five candidates on the ballot. Because no candidate claimed over 50 percent of the vote total, the race will likely, depending on Wednesday’s official vote totals, go to a runoff on May 19. Bill Lyle with 128 votes will face Barry Woods, Sr. who had 65 votes. Other candidates received the following votes: Robert Dykes-44, Diane F. Hunt-40, and Ernest White, Jr.-43.
In the alderman-at-large race, a runoff will be needed to determine a winner. The runoff will be between incumbent Glen Bingham who was the top vote getter with 602 votes and Tommy Wilkerson who had 509 votes. Other candidates had the following totals: John Hilliard-262, and Rick Walker-153.
In other races, Ward II Alderman John Darden ran unopposed and received 280 votes, Ward III Alderman Tony Poss was unopposed with 311 votes and Police Chief Ronnie Bowen had 1,371 votes.
Minutes after vote totals were announced Tuesday night, Mayor Howard Boozer said he was a little overwhelmed by his victory. “It’s gratifying that the people of Amory realized the hard work that went in during the past four years and what work lies ahead,” he said.
The votes will be canvassed Wednesday morning and all vote totals reported are unofficial until then. Amory City Clerk Suzanne Mobley said roughly 1,500 out of 4,000 registered voters cast ballots in the Tuesday primary, about 55 of them by absentee ballot.
In Nettleton, three new aldermen will be serving on the city board. In Ward 1, incumbent Ann Harris was defeated by Charles Morris, 74-67. In Ward 2, incumbent Chris Patterson was defeated by Doug Brown, 117-50.
Ward 3 Alderman Willie Brandon was re-elected to another term. Brandon defeated Marty Langle, 36-22.
A change of guard will also be taking place in Ward 4 as incumbent Jimmy Moore was defeated by Larry Guess, 82-48.
Unopposed in the Nettleton Democratic Primary was Mayor R.V. Adams. Adams will begin serving his full-term as mayor. Also unopposed were City Clerk Bill Tapscott and Alderman-at-large Kirk Lindsey.