Election stage set for May 2 primary
Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny L. DuPree will face Democratic opposition in the Primary Election May 2 from Catherine M. Starr and Tom Garmon. The winner will face independents Shawn O’Hara and state Rep. Toby Barker – both independents – in the General Election June 6.
The voter registration deadline for the May 2 Primary Election is noon on April 1. Municipal clerks’ offices must remain open from 8 a.m.-noon that day to register voters.
City officials take office on July 3.
In Hattiesburg’s Ward 1, Councilman Kim Bradley is not running for re-election. The Primary Election will have Democrats David Allen Breland – who qualified as a Republican – facing off against Ken Chambers, and Jeffrey George meets Bob Johnson in the Republican Primary. Torrance Jermayne Green, who qualified as a Democrat for the seat, decided not to run.
Incumbent Ward 2 Councilwoman Deborah Delgado will have Democratic opposition in the Primary Election against Tom S. Ramirez Boldo, Cedric Dallas and Adrian “Juan” Ratliff.
Ward 3 Councilman Carter Carroll faces opposition in the Republican Primary against Bill Bayes and John C. Burks. The winner will meet independent Kathy Garner in the General Election.
Ward 4 Councilwoman Mary Dryden, an independent, will face General Election opposition after James C. Smith and Kaylee Nicole Bradshaw campaign in the Democratic Primary. Ward 5 Councilman Henry Naylor, an independent, can wait until the General Election as Democrats Nicholas R. Brown and Jennifer Brown-Travis square off in the Primary Election.
Petal Mayor Hal Marx Jr. will have the only Primary Election opposition in his town as he takes on Anthony D. Evans for the Republican Primary. The winner of that election will be mayor because there is no Democratic or independent opposition.
Only Wards 3 and 5 have opposition for the positions, and only Ward 3 will be decided in the Republican Primary when incumbent Alderman Clint Moore faces Joe McMurry Sr. In Ward 5, incumbent Republican Alderman Tony Ducker will meet independent candidate Mannix McLaurin in the General Election. Returning incumbents who received no opposition are Ward 1 Alderman David Clayton, Ward 2 Alderman Steve Stringer, Ward 4 Alderman Brad Amacker, Ward 6 Alderman Craig Bullock and Alderman-at-Large William King.
Purvis will see plenty of familiar faces in City Hall for the next four years as five incumbents qualified unopposed for their positions, and Ward 4 candidate Deborah Ferrell will take the job of Alderman John W. Jordan Sr., who decided not to seek re-election.
With six candidates for the town’s six positions, Purvis will not have a Primary Election on May 2 and no General Election on June 6 because no opponents qualified as of the Friday deadline.
The Purvis incumbents who will be returning to office will be Mayor Roger H. Herrin, Alderman-At-Large Wendell Hudson, Ward 1 Alderwoman Donna Bielstein, Ward 2 Alderman Vernon Hartfield and Ward 3 Alderman Jerry D. Smith.
In Lumberton, every candidate will face opposition in the General Election and Mayor Kent Crider faces outgoing Ward 3 Alderman Quincy Rogers for the top spot. Both are independents.
In Ward 1, Alderman Johnny Buckley seeks re-election against candidate Sandra Kee; both are independents. Incumbent Alderwoman Susan Crittendon faces opposition from Mike Brumfield and Jerry Walters in the General Election because all are independents.
In Ward 3, which is open, Nigel Burns is running as an independent and Jonathan Griffith is a Democrat.
Alderman Tommy Dukes Jr. hopes to retain the Ward 4 seat with opposition from Audry Davis; both are independents. In the Alderman-At-Large position, independent incumbent Cora Rogers will face Tina Speights Holder, a Democrat, in the General Election.
Fire Chief Heath Sumrall and Dr. Stephen Beam are vying for the mayor’s job in Sumrall as independents. All Sumrall candidates ran with no party affiliation.
Alderman-At-Large Leland Lott has decided not to run for re-election, so Adam Grimsley, George Trihoulis and current Ward 3 Alderman James Burnham are campaigning for the position. In Ward 1, incumbent Alderwoman Shirley Barnard is opposed by Regina Withers, Paula Davis and Toxie H. McGrew.
Alderman Cecil Coulter is not seeking his seat on the board, so the Ward 2 post is being sought by incumbent mayor Gerolene Rayborn and Lee Granbrerry. In Ward 3, the candidates are Charles Reid and James D. “Jim” Ford, while Ward 4 Alderwoman Larene “Trina” McLendon is unopposed for re-election.