CATEGORY: Monroe County
RETIRING MAYOR BRASFIELD ANNOUNCES PLANS TO RUN FOR WARD 4 ALDERMAN
By Eileen Bailey
ABERDEEN – Don Brasfield, who recently announced his plans to retire from the office of mayor, has thrown his hat into the race for Ward 4 alderman.
Until last week, Incumbent Eddie Arnold, 52, was the lone candidate for the Ward 4 seat on the Aberdeen Board of Aldermen. Arnold, an employee at ITT Engineered Values in Amory, has served in Ward 4 post since 1986.
Brasfield, who announced his retirement on Feb. 5, is completing his first term as mayor. He had qualified earlier as a candidate for re-election in the mayor’s race.
Brasfield said he was encouraged to run for alderman after he announced his retirement. “I had this in the back of my mind for a while but did not expect the support that came about.”
Brasfield said he would still be able to enjoy retirement if elected because an alderman’s position does not require as many hours.
Also joining the Ward 4 race are Al Clemons and Dee Riley.
Clemons, 46, is the maintenance supervisor at the Care Center of Aberdeen, formerly the Hillcrest Manor. Riley, 32, is an operator at Texas Eastern Gas Pipeline in Aberdeen.
The Ward 4 candidates join a host of others vying for positions in the city’s upcoming elections. The qualifying deadline for the April 2 primary is March 1. There will be a runoff, if needed, on April 16, with the general election following on May 7.
As of Tuesday, only two candidates had qualified for the mayor’s race. William “Tizzy” Tisdale has qualified as a Democrat and Bob Seymour has qualified as a Republican.
All other candidates for municipal offices who had qualified by Tuesday were Democrats.
Only incumbent Brent Coleman has qualified for the Aberdeen police chief’s race.
In Ward 1, incumbent Alderman Wilchie Clay faces a challenge from Alonzo Sykes. Tom Allmond, Cloyd Garth Sr. and John Ray Hamilton all have qualified for the Ward 2 aldermanic post, a position held for the last two terms by Mary Elizabeth Hamilton, who has not yet qualified.
In Ward 3, incumbent Alderman Bob Patterson and challenger Willie Cook have qualified. Incumbent Alderman Madies Conner faces a challenge from Edward Haynes Jr. and Kelly Tucker in the Ward 5 race.
Once the qualifying deadline has passed, candidates will be certified by their respective political party’s executive committee. A person will have 10 days to file a petition with the committee challenging any candidates.