VICKSBURG — David Day’s name has been restored to the ballot for mayor by the Vicksburg Municipal Democratic Executive Committee.
The Vicksburg Post reports the committee denied the appeal of Lester R. Smith and put off a decision on Linda Fondren’s appeal.
The committee earlier had removed all three names from the Vicksburg mayoral primary ballot.
Party primaries take place May 7 with runoffs on May 21 if needed. The general election is June 4.
The committee reversed its decision on Day’s residency and accepted his reasons for voting in the 2012 Republican primary.
“I felt the Democratic race was already decided,” Day said. “I wanted to get the most value out of my vote.”
The committee upheld Smith’s disqualification because of a felony conviction.
Records showed Smith served 364 days in jail for felony escape from confinement in 2010. Smith fled from the Vicksburg Police Department while being booked after he was accused of sexual battery of a child younger than 14. The charge was not prosecuted.
However, Smith pleaded guilty to escape from confinement. Smith said he fled because he felt physically intimidated by officers who had interrogated him.
The committee delayed a decision on Fondren’s candidacy pending a review of her residency records. Fondren argued she lives in the city. Committee members said four vehicles were registered in Fondren’s name to an address in the county.
Other Democrats on the ballot are incumbent Mayor Paul Winfield, former Warren County supervisor John Ferguson, state Rep. George Flaggs and former alderwoman Gertrude Young.
Real estate agent Daryl Hollingsworth is running as an independent.
BEFORE YOU GO…
… we’d like to ask for your support. More people are reading the Mississippi Business Journal than ever before, but advertising revenues for all conventional media are falling fast. Unlike many, we do not use a pay wall, because we want to continue providing Mississippi’s most comprehensive business news each and every day. But that takes time, money and hard work. We do it because it is important to us … and equally important to you, if you value the flow of trustworthy news and information which have always kept America strong and free for more than 200 years.
If those who read our content will help fund it, we can continue to bring you the very best in news and information. Please consider joining us as a valued member, or if you prefer, make a one-time contribution.Click for more info