Special election set March 16 in Dumas

By Hank Wiesner/Southern Sentinel

A special election will be held Tuesday, March 16, to choose a successor for Dorothy Nell Yancey Self, 76, who was serving her second term as a town alderwoman when she died Thursday, Jan. 21, Mayor Bradley Lawson said this week.

The deadline to qualify is Friday March 5. Qualifying papers can be picked up from Town Clerk Margie Orman at her office in Dumas, the mayor said. Fifteen signatures are required to qualify.

“I encourage anyone who is interested to qualify to run for the office,” the mayor said.

The job of Dumas alderman pays $50 per month, and aldermen must attend the meetings to collect their salary.

The election date was after Dumas aldermen met Tuesday night, Feb. 2, to discuss the matter.

By law, the town was required to set an election date 30 to 45 days after that meeting.

If no one qualifies for the position, Mayor Lawson will appoint a successor to fill the rest of Mrs. Self’s unexpired term, he said this week.

She ran for office in 2005 and was re-elected in 2009.

The mayor said that as far as he knows, this is the first time a town alderman or alderwoman has died in office. “We’re learning as we go,” he said.