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Election called when leaders face no opposition

MADISON — Madison residents won’t be heading to the polls Tuesday along with voters in neighboring communities. There’s no need for an election in the Mississippi city because the mayor and seven Board of Aldermen members aren’t facing any opposition. The Clarion-Ledger reports that a Mississippi state law holds that municipalities shouldn’t hold a general election if all races are unopposed. ...

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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 Democratic candidate J.C. Herrington filed ...

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Dems, mayoral candidate wants city election monitored

MERIDIAN — A candidate for mayor in Meridian has joined with the Lauderdale County Democratic Party in asking the U.S. Department of Justice to monitor the June 4 Meridian election. A party spokesman and mayoral candidate Percy Bland both told the Meridian Star they had made the request. Bland said he wants to make sure voters are not turned away or ...

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Diamondhead attorney wins election for vacant House seat

DIAMONDHEAD — Gulf Coast attorney Patricia Willis has won the state House of Representatives District 95 special election. Complete, but unofficial, returns show Willis received 52.4 percent of the vote in yesterday’s election to defeat three other candidates. The 60-year-old Willis, from Diamondhead, is an attorney and Waveland city prosecutor. House District 95 includes parts of Harrison and Hancock counties. ...

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Candidates line up for vacant Coast House seat

DIAMONDHEAD — The four candidates running for a South Mississippi seat say they are worried that turnout will be low Tuesday. The Sun Herald reports that the special election falls between a municipal runoff and a general election. Attorney Patricia H. Willis, fourth-grade teacher Sherri Carr Bevis, federal retiree Grant Bower and insurance salesman Tommy Ballard are running to replace the ...

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Mayor wants 'trial run' of hotel/restaurant tax next month

GAUTIER — At the end of the this week’s Gautier City Council meeting, Mayor Tommy Fortenberry made a motion to use the June 4 ballot as a “trial run” for the 2 percent tax-levy issue. Fortenberry said he was concerned at the low turnout of the primary election and wants to make sure residents are fully educated on the issue. ...

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Judge denies ex-alderman's request; runoff to proceed

WEST POINT — A federal judge has denied a request to block today’s runoff elections in West Point. Alderman Jasper Pittman and four other residents filed suit Friday to have the city’s May 7 primary thrown out and Tuesday’s runoff stopped. Pittman, who was seeking re-election, fell one vote short of getting into a runoff with businessman Gary Dedeaux. WCBI-TV ...

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DA starts collecting evidence on alleged voting irregularities

CANTON — Complaints about alleged irregularities in Canton elections have prompted the Madison County district attorney’s office to start collecting information in anticipation of an official investigation. District Attorney Michael Guest tells The Clarion-Ledger seven people have contacted his office about alleged voting irregularities in the May 7 Democratic primary. Guest says he wants to wait until the municipal election ...

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Hosemann revels in victory over Court's redistricting ruling

JACKSON — Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann is celebrating a victory in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on the redrawing of the state’s voting districts. The Mississippi NAACP had challenged the state’s 2011 state elections because the Legislature did not immediately use the 2010 census to draw new district lines in 2011. The state House and Senate ...

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Alderman brings federal lawsuit after losing election

WEST POINT — A West Point alderman is suing in federal court to block his loss in a primary election. Jasper Pittman, the incumbent alderman in West Point’s Ward 5, missed forcing a Democratic primary runoff against Gary Dedeaux by one vote, according to final tallies. Pittman alleges in a lawsuit that the body that ran the election had no ...

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