By Robbie Ward/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – With Tupelo mayoral hopefuls Fred Pitts and Jason Shelton and their campaign volunteers knocking on doors, tweeting, visiting businesses and anything else to earn last-minute votes, they’ll find out this evening whose hard work paid off.
Voters in municipalities throughout the region and state will vote today to elect leaders in local government.
In the largest city in Northeast Mississippi, Republican Pitts, 70, and Democrat Shelton, 37, said they will continue campaigning until polls close today at 7 p.m.
The winner will succeed Mayor Jack Reed Jr., who did not seek a second four-year term.
Shelton, an attorney who has emphasized his experience as Plantersville municipal attorney and prosecutor, faces Pitts, a longtime businessman, first-term Ward 2 councilman and Tupelo City Council president for the past four years.
Tupelo City Clerk Kim Hanna said Monday that 287 votes were cast absentee before today’s election.
In the only other municipality in Lee County with partisan candidates, Saltillo voters will choose between Republican Rex Smith and Democrat Steve Brooks in the race for mayor, along with five aldermen-at-large positions.
All candidates in elections in Guntown, Plantersville and Verona are independents.
With no runoff in the general election, the candidate with the most votes wins outright.
Voters’ choices are not restricted in the general election, as they are in party primaries. They may split their votes among candidates of both parties or no parties in different races on the ballot where they have that option.
• Polls open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
• Lee County municipal elections include Tupelo, Saltillo, Guntown, Plantersville, Verona and Sherman
• Many others across Northeast Mississippi.
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