Maxwell not listed among candidates for House race

Published 6:00 am Tuesday, March 6, 2007

After earlier announcing his intention to seek office, electionofficials today had no record of Brookhaven Alderman D.W. Maxwell’scandidacy for House District 92.

Maxwell announced his candidacy for the office in a pressrelease last Friday. The announcement came after weeks of privatespeculation during which Maxwell spoke with residents about hisintentions.

However, Maxwell’s name was not among listed candidates afterThursday’s 5 p.m. deadline.

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Kel Smith, a spokesman for the Secretary of State’s office, saidMaxwell did not qualify as an independent and would have had toqualify with the appropriate political party for multi-countyelections.

Maxwell, a Democrat as an alderman, did not qualify with eitherthe Democrat or Republican party, according to party officials.

“I don’t see him on here,” said Terry Cassreino, communicationsdirector for the Democrat Party, referring to the list of Democratsqualified for office.

“I don’t have anyone with that name either,” affirmed StevenCarter, communications director for the Republican Party.

Maxwell, who is returning from a trip to Washington, D.C. withother city officials this morning, was unavailable for comment.

A new candidate for House District 92 did emerge Thursday,however.

Everett “Gene” Buckles, a Brookhaven realtor and constructioncompany owner, qualified to oppose fellow Republicans Paul Barnettand Becky Currie, both of Brookhaven.

Other candidates for multi-county offices also receivedcompetition in their bids for re-election Thursday.

Carl Mason, of Smithdale, qualified with the MississippiConstitution Party to oppose incumbent Bobby Moak, D-Bogue Chitto,as representative of House District 53.

In the Senate, Edwin Case, D-Brookhaven, qualified to opposeincumbent Cindy Hyde-Smith, D-Brookhaven, to represent District39.

The race for district attorney of the 14th Judicial Districtwill feature incumbent Dewitt “Dee” Bates, of McComb, againstchallenger Nelson Estess, a Magnolia attorney. Both areDemocrats.