Corinth incumbent in Ward 4 race challenges outcome

By LENA MITCHELL / NEMS Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

CORINTH – Steve Hill, the incumbent Ward 4 alderman who lost by two votes in the primary, has filed a suit challenging the validity of the results.
In the petition filed in Circuit Court, Hill challenges the acceptance of five affidavit ballots for individuals whom he claims gave incorrect addresses in their voter registration.
The petition also challenges the qualification of the J.C. “Honeyboy” Hill, the winner, to serve as an alderman because he was an employee of the city of Corinth.
The lawsuit follows the Oct. 12 election in which J.C. Hill edged Steve Hill 326-324.
A challenge was first filed with the Municipal Democratic Executive Committee, which gave no relief, said Corinth attorney Danny Lowrey, who represents Steve Hill.
However, on Friday, J.C. Hill announced that he would resign his job with the Corinth parks department effective Oct. 31, so that he would be able to be sworn in as an alderman Monday.
The state ethics commission rendered an opinion in October saying that J.C. Hill could not continue in his city employment and also serve as alderman.
The court action has been assigned to Judge Thomas Gardner, according to a staff member in the circuit clerk’s office.
If no judge in the district accepts the case, it would be referred to the Mississippi Supreme Court for a judge outside the district to be assigned, Lowrey said.
“If we win the challenge an order would be issued to vacate the election result and the governor would order a special election,” Lowrey said.
Contact Lena Mitchell at 287-9822 or lena.mitchell@djournal.com.