CORINTH – As of Nov. 2, Corinth’s Ward 4 will have a new alderman.
In a close race, decided by the count of affidavit ballots the day after the election, J.C. “Honeyboy” Hill was elected to the position by a vote of 326-324 over incumbent Steve Hill.
Both are Democrats, so the party runoff decided the election.
After a tally of machine votes and absentee ballots Tuesday, Steve Hill led 307 votes to J.C. Hill’s 296 votes.
The Democratic Executive Committee on Wednesday accepted an additional 50 affidavit ballots of 67 cast. Of those, 47 were cast in Ward 4.
“I’ve been working hard since qualifying on April 29, so I’m glad it’s finally over,” Steve Hill said. “Congratulations to J.C., and I look forward to working with him in the community.”
Steve Hill was the first alderman elected to represent Ward 4 after the city began using the ward system in 2006. He was the first African-American to serve on the city board in more than a decade. J.C. Hill, too, is black.
J.C. Hill is a city employee. He is assistant director of Crossroads Regional Park, where he has worked for more than 24 years.
“I have an opinion from the U.S. attorney general that as long as I’m not a department head and we have separate boards, there is no conflict of interest,” J.C. Hill said.
“It would have been a wasted effort if I didn’t take care of that first. Before than I also talked with the attorney general in Mississippi and they also said there’s no problem.”
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