By Emily Le Coz/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Former longtime City Councilwoman Carolyn Mauldin kicked off her campaign for Lee County circuit clerk Thursday at the Ice House.
She’s challenging incumbent Democrat Joyce Loftin, who has held the post for about 15 years. Before a crowd of supporters, Mauldin, a Republican, acknowledged the odds of defeating an entrenched candidate but said she intends to win.
“I got to looking at the overall picture of the county,” Mauldin said. “We’ve never had a Republican circuit clerk in Lee County. They hold all the elections, purge the poll books, help handle poll workers. It’s important work.”
Mauldin had served for 16 years as an at-large councilwoman before Tupelo lost its two at-large seats in 2009. Since then, she has worked as the office manager at Rosewood Care Home.
She loves the job but said politics is in her blood.
“I’m 69 years old,” Mauldin said, “but I’ve still got many years left.”
Mauldin’s campaign kickoff came on her and her husband’s 50th wedding anniversary.
Mauldin and Loftin face off in the Nov. 8 general election.