HED:Latch wins primary to remain mayor of Corinth

AUTHOR: SUMMER

HED:Latch wins primary to remain mayor of Corinth

By Jane Clark Summers

Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

CORINTH – Mayor Jerry Latch and at least four of the five incumbent aldermen will serve a second term after winning Democratic nominations Tuesday in Corinth’s primary election.

The fifth incumbent aldermen outdistanced a four-candidate field and captured a spot in the Sept. 29 runoff.

All the alderman will be unopposed in the general election set for Oct. 13.

Latch secured his second term in office by defeating former mayor Jack Holt by a vote of 1,778 to 1,457.

“I want to thank all the voters in the city for coming out today and re-electing me for another four-year term,” Latch said. “I look forward to working with all the elected officials.”

Latch said the administration will work hard on providing services to annexed areas.

“We inherited a territory twice the size as in the last race,” Latch said. “We hope to get out in that area and provide all the utilities that we can.”

He said his administration also will work toward recruiting new industries while working with existing industries to create more jobs.

Aldermen races

Incumbent Aldermen Charlie Gooch Jr., Dennis Shirley and Terrell Kingen won re-election.

Ward 3 Alderman John Graham will face Brenda McGee in a runoff in two weeks.

Ward 5 Alderman Betty Hathcock was unopposed in the at-large election.

The unofficial vote totals were as follows:

– In Ward 1, Gooch received 1,613 votes to defeat Jimmy Mitchell, who had 1,369.

– Shirley garnered 2,143 votes compared to 828 for Sammy Clark in the Ward 2 alderman’s race.

– Ward 3 incumbent Graham had 1,256 votes while McGee received 678. Baxter James received 559 votes and Donald Joe Sanders had 653.

In the closest race, Kingen squeaked by Lex Mitchell to win the Ward 4 post by a vote of 1,543 to 1,506.

Larry Crum was the only candidate running for police chief as a Democrat. He will face incumbent Police Chief Fred Johnson and two other independent candidates -Larry Brinkley and Paul Wright – in the general election Oct. 13.

Turnout was light in Tuesday’s voting. About 40 percent of the city’s estimated 8,000 registered voters cast ballots, officials said.