By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal
CORINTH – Voters will choose who will hold the city’s top political office and its top law enforcement official in Tuesday’s primary election in which two Democrats vie for each of the two posts.
Another 21 candidates fill a slate which has all city-elected officers facing opposition, including five alderman ward seats and an alderman at large.
The candidate elected mayor and the one elected police chief must receive 50 percent plus one of the votes cast in the Democratic primary.
Additionally, the Ward 4 alderman seat and the alderman at-large could be decided Tuesday, with all other posts going to the general election on Oct. 12.
Mayor Jerry Latch, who has held the office for four terms, faces challenger and political newcomer Tommy Irwin.
Latch hopes a list of completed projects and works in progress that include infrastructure improvements throughout the city, a decade of no property tax increases, attracting more than $19 million in grant funding for the city and more, will persuade voters to continue with his leadership.
Irwin offers himself as a leader who will chart a new course in industrial recruitment, work to retain businesses and industries already in the city, think “outside the box,” and who will call on other resources in the city to accomplish the goals.
Police Chief David Lancaster served as deputy police chief for many years before being elected to complete the former chief’s unexpired term and then to a full term.
His opponent, Chip Timbes, has owned and operated a security company for many years, was previously a Corinth police officer, and was Lancaster’s opponent four years ago.
Candidates for the city’s six alderman seats are:
- Ward 1: One-term incumbent Joe Vann, a Republican, will not seek re-election. Three other Republicans compete for the seat in Tuesday’s primary – Charlotte Doehner, Mike Green and Andrew “Bubba” Labas – with the Republican candidate facing Democrat Kendall Steen in the general election.- Ward 2: Alderman William “Bill” Plaxico is the only one of the city’s six aldermen who has served more than one term. Though he faced no opposition four years ago, Plaxico has a challenger in the Democratic primary, Preston Biggers Knight. The Democratic candidate will face Republican opponent Ben Albarracin in the general election.
- Ward 3: No voting in Tuesday’s primary, with Republican Alderman A.L. “Chip” Wood III facing opponents Samuel Clark, a Democrat, and Sharon Woodruff, an independent, in the general election.
- Ward 4: One-term incumbent Steve Hill, a Democrat, is challenged by two of the same Democratic opponents he faced four years ago – J.C. “Honeyboy” Hill and Milus Copeland. If one of the candidates receives 50 percent plus one vote, this contest could be decided Tuesday.
- Ward 5: One-term incumbent David G. Roberts meets Democratic challenger Michael McFall Tuesday, with the winner facing Republican Brandon Whitley in the general election.
- Alderman at large: One-term incumbent Mike Hopkins, a Democrat, has two Democratic challengers, Jennifer McCoy and Barry Richards, and this also could be a seat decided in Tuesday’s primary.
More than 500 absentee ballots already have been cast in the election, said City Clerk Vickie Roach, and she expects turnout to be as high as 3,500, compared to about 2,300 votes cast four years ago.
Voting is 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Corinth City Hall.
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