Lee County municipalities prepare for primaries

TUPELO – Candidates in three Lee County communities are preparing to battle it out in the May 5 municipal primaries.
On the ballots will be mayoral candidates in Shannon, and aldermen in Saltillo and Nettleton.
Seventeen candidates are running for the alderman seats in Saltillo – 10 Democrats and seven Republicans – and the top five from each party will appear on the June 2 general election ballot. All are elected at large.
In Nettleton, Mayor R.V. Adams is unopposed, but aldermen will participate in the primaries.
Current Shannon Mayor Ronnie Hallmark will join fellow Democratic candidate Jimmy Rutherford in the primary. Independent Lee Hersey will await the winner in the general election.
Hallmark is touting his experience.
“The first term is different because you’re feeling your way through,” said Hallmark. “We got a lot done over the past four years and I’d like to finish the job. There is just not enough time to do everything you want to do in the first term.”
Rutherford is no stranger to city business. He’s served three terms as alderman.
“I love this city and want to see it grow,” said Rutherford. “I want to help to achieve economic growth and that’s what I feel I can help to do.”
Hersey said he’s in wait-and-see mode until the primary is over, but is ready to put his campaign in full swing for the general election.
“I just want to see Shannon grow,” he said. “This race is not for me but for the people of Shannon.”
Other Lee County towns are waiting for June 2 to decide their races. In Verona, Mayor Bobby Williams and challenger Robert Trice will compete for the mayor’s seat. Mayor Gloria Holland and challenger Claude Kelley will run for the top job in Plantersville.
Mayor Jimmy Anderson will defend his seat in Guntown against Robert Herring. In Baldwyn, Mayor Danny Horton is opposed by Michael James.
Contact Danza Johnson at (662) 678-1583 or danza.johnson@djournal.com.

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