STARKVILLE – Experience and issue specifics may be deciding factors to voters in Tuesday’s Democratic runoff for mayor between one-term Alderman Matt Cox and attorney Parker Wiseman.
Cox and Wiseman set the city on a new course May 5 when their turnouts crushed incumbent Dan Camp’s hopes for a second term.
Cox, 39, led the ticket with 1,430 votes, but Wiseman, 28, trailed by only 180.
The winner faces Republican Marnita Henderson, who’s also been on the campaign trail. A 66-year-old retired public health nurse, she will contrast strongly in life experience with her June 2 general election opponent.
The contest, observers say, is up for grabs in a city that sits at a crossroads for opportunity and growth.
Camp had it as a successful developer, but his sometimes gruff personality turned away early support.
Wiseman and his family are well known, and despite his age, he has extensive academic credentials with degrees in law and public policy. He’s also a Mississippi State and Starkville High grad who’s been politically involved locally since he was a teenager.
He’s pledged to bring people together for a long-term look at the city’s future.
Cox has one Board of Aldermen term under his belt and he’s got private business experience. And his wife is a former Miss Yellow Jacket at Starkville High.
He’s run a broadbased campaign and stands as the front-runner.
But he’s also built up resentment from Camp supporters because of confrontations with the mayor.
Cox insists his city experience matters and that he knows how to lead from the get-go.
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