Sumrall special election set for Aug. 15; one candidate qualifiesBy BUSTER WOLFE,
Only one candidate had qualified to run for the Alderman-at-large seat on the Sumrall Board of Aldermen by early Wednesday after the winner of the June 6 General Election had to resign.
Adam Grimsley, who finished third in the General Election for the seat, has qualified.
Sumrall residents had until 5 p.m. Wednesday to file qualifying papers.
Sumrall Mayor Heath Sumrall said George Trihoulis – who won the three-way election – resigned July 3 because his previous employment wouldn’t allow him to serve on the Board.
The special election will be held in Sumrall on Aug. 15 at the held at the Lamar County Voting Precinct at 95 Center Ave. Each candidate is required by law to qualify by 5 p.m. on July 26. Each candidate shall qualify by petition filed with the City Clerk that must be signed by not less than 50 qualified electors.
In case no one receives a majority of the votes for the seat, a runoff election will be held Sept. 5.
Trihoulis collected 197 votes (42 percent), followed by incumbent Ward 3 Alderman James Burnham with 160 (34 percent) and Grimsley with 112 (24 percent). Mayor Sumrall said Grimsley is the only qualifier in the race so far, but others have taken the paperwork.