Voters in this week’s runoffs will determine two Northeast Mississippi mayor’s races and decide the Democratic nominees in two more.
In Fulton, Paul Walker is running for a third term against former Alderman James McDonald. Walker led a five-candidate May 5 primary field with 46 percent of the vote. McDonald finished second with 24 percent.
In Holly Springs, incumbent Andre DeBerry, also going for a third term, faces political newcomer Barry Thomas.
Thomas finished with 46 percent of the vote to 42 percent for DeBerry in a four-person primary.
The Fulton and Holly Springs winners have no opposition in the June 2 general election.
In New Albany and Starkville, the runoffs will determine the Democratic nominees. Both will face independent candidates on June 2.
New Albany Mayor Tim Kent and challenger Betsey Hamilton each received 42 percent of the vote on May 5. Kent is seeking his second term.
Starkville’s runoff pits Alderman Matt Cox, who pulled in 43 percent of the ballots, and attorney Parker Wiseman, who finished with 38 percent.
The winner faces Republican Marnita Henderson in the general election.
Tupelo runoffs in Wards 5, 7
TUPELO – Four City Council candidates will be on the ballot in Tupelo’s runoff election Tuesday.
In Ward 5, it’s incumbent candidate Bill Martin and his challenger Jonny Davis. In Ward 7, it’s candidates Willie Allen and Willie Jennings.
Whoever wins Ward 7 will face Republican incumbent Berdell Jones in the June 2 general election. But the Ward 5 winner automatically will get the council seat, because no one qualified as a Democrat or independent in that race.
Voters in Ward 5, Precinct 8, will go to Veterans Park Common Building, North Veterans Boulevard. In Precinct 9, the polling place is the University of Mississippi Building, 1918 Briar Ridge Road.
Ward 7, Precinct 12 votes at Haven Acres Community Center, 3288 Willie Moore Road. Precinct 13 votes at First United Pentecostal Church, 900 South Thomas St.
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