Monroe County cities hosts busy election season

By Ray Van Dusen/Monroe Journal

Election season in Monroe County begins May 7 with Amory’s primary elections.
The mayor’s race is between registered Democrats Tommy Wilkerson, Brad J. Blalcok and Thomas Griffith. Wilkerson currently serves as alderman at large in Amory while Griffith formerly served as Amory’s mayor. Blalock is an attorney.
The chief of police will pit incumbent Ronnie Bowen against Tony Coxey, Robert N. Frederick and Kelvin Lee Burdine, who are all Democrats.
Amory’s alderman at large race is between Democrats Sylvia Roberts Patterson, Tyrone James and James (Jim) Rutledge and Republican candidate Wes Kirkpatrick.
The Ward 1 alderman race is between Incumbent Buddy Carlisle and Sam Nerren, both registered Democrats.
The Ward 2 race is between Incumbent John E. Darden, Edsel Ford Hampton, Jackie Meaders and Jamica Stallings, all Democrats.
Democrat Incumbent Tony Poss will face Republican James T. (Jimmy) Blankenship in the Ward 3 race for the alderman seat.
The Ward 4 alderman is against Democrats William “Bill” Lyle, who in the incumbent; Glen Bingham; Jim Parchman; and Robert (Pierre) Dykes against Republican Eddie Wilemon.
Amory’s municipal elections will be Tuesday, June 4.
Smithville will also hold general elections for mayor and aldermen-at-large seats June 4.
Incumbent Gregg Kennedy will face Holly V. Hood Cooley in the mayor’s race.
Candidates for Smithville’s five alderman seats include Incumbent Ruth Whitehead, Incumbent Joyce Avery, Incumbent Jimmy Dabbs, Byron Coker, Earl Wayne Cowley, Jim Herren, Sherrell C. Clark, Johnny Snow, Richard Alred and Kim Johnson.