Challenger beats Okolona's incumbent in mayoral race

OKOLONA – Louise Floyd Cole will be the Democratic nominee for mayor in the June 2 general election.
Cole earned 515 votes, or 55.9 percent, to beat incumbent Mayor Sherman Carouthers in Tuesday’s primary. Carouthers had 305 votes, and Willie Frank Williams picked up 101 votes.
Cole now will face independent candidates George Jenkins and Hal Spratt next month.
A runoff will be held to determine who will hold the Ward 5 council seat.
Incumbent Mary Gates won 78 votes, or 47.9 percent, while challengers Robert Hughes and Henry Conway earned 62 votes, or 38 percent, and 23 votes, or 14.1 percent, respectively.
Gates and Hughes will meet May 19 in the runoff.
Eldridge Lowe was unopposed in the Democratic primary for Ward 3 city councilman. He’ll face independent William T. Warren in the general election.
Challenger Imogene Armstrong beat incumbent Regina Pickens for the Ward 4 seat. Armstrong had 79 votes versus Pickens’ 54 votes.
Incumbent City Marshal Tommie J. Ivy, D; Ward 1 incumbent Kenneth McVay, D; and new Ward 2 councilman Bennett Moore all won their races unopposed.
Incumbent Anthony Floyd was unopposed in the Democratic primary for Ward 6 City Councilman. He’ll face independent Donal Ray Jacobs in the general election.


Carlie Kollath/NEMS Daily Journal

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