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Jury trial challenging mayoral contest set for July

HATTIESBURG — A jury trial is now set for Dave Ware’s challenge of the June 4 Hattiesburg mayoral election. The Hattiesburg American reports specially appointed judge William F. Coleman will preside over the case at 10:30 a.m. July 23 at the Forrest County Courthouse. Additionally, Coleman also set a conference date for 11 a.m. July […] [...]

Man resigns from job, takes pay cut to be alderman

BROOKHAVEN — Brookhaven alderman-elect Randy Belcher has decided to resign as a deputy sheriff and stay with his elected position. Belcher was elected alderman in May. He is to take office July 1. According to state law, Belcher could not simultaneously serve in two branches of government. The alderman’s post is considered legislative and the […] [...]

Court appoints judge to hear election lawsuit

HATTIESBURG — Mississippi’s Supreme Court has appointed Circuit Judge David H. Strong of McComb to preside over a lawsuit challenging the qualifications of three city council candidates and seeking to halt the June 4 election in Hattiesburg. The Hattiesburg American reports Strong was appointed after another judge removed himself from the case. Last week, Ward 1 […] [...]

House race lures four Coast candidates — for now

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — It looks like there’s going to be a four-candidate race May 28 for the state House of Representatives District 95 seat. The deadline to qualify for the special election to fill the seat held by the late Rep. Jessica Upshaw was yesterday, a state holiday. A spokeswoman with the Secretary of […] [...]

HARDWICK: Why do people run for public office

The qualifying deadline for local elections in Mississippi has passed. On May 9 voters will go to the polls to select the political party nominees for mayors, alderpersons and councilmembers in most of the Magnolia State’s villages, towns and cities. It is time again to ask the question: Why do people run for public office? […] [...]

Five candidates seek Gardner’s vacant House seat

PANOLA COUNTY and TATE COUNTY — Five candidates were running in a special election today in House District 11 to complete the term of the late state Rep. Joe C. Gardner. Gardner, a Democrat from Batesville, died in February. He had been a member of the Mississippi House since 2007. He represented District 11, which […] [...]

Mayoral races across state taking shape

HATTIESBURG, STARKVILLE and LAUREL — The field of Hattiesburg mayoral candidates has widened with the announcement of Councilman Dave Ware for the city’s top office. The Hattiesburg American reports the 41-year-old Ware, who is in his second term as councilman, will run as an independent. Ware says goals for his administration would include an accountability […] [...]

Congressional candidates show great divide during debate

OXFORD — Candidates in a North Mississippi congressional debate last night presented competing visions of “government the despoiler” versus “government the helper.” Republican first-term incumbent Alan Nunnelee of Tupelo and Democratic challenger Brad Morris of Oxford debated for an hour at the University of Mississippi. Nunnelee, the leading fundraiser, continues to focus on what he […] [...]

Flaggs retiring from Legislature after 2013 session

VICKSBURG — State Rep. George Flaggs, a Democrat from Vicksburg who has served in the House since 1988, says he will retire after the 2013 session. Flaggs said he also would leave his job as administrator of Warren County Youth Detention Center. He says he is considering a run for mayor of Vicksburg. The city’s […] [...]

Court rules lawyer not eligible for Appeals ballot

JACKSON — A divided Mississippi Supreme Court late yesterday vacated a lower court’s order that put a Jackson attorney’s name on a Court of Appeals ballot. Latrice Westbrooks had challenged her removal from the ballot based on residency arguments. Westbrooks has acknowledged that she lives seven-tenths of a mile outside District 2, but she says […] [...]

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