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Incumbent wins fourth term as mayor; one new alderman

Alton Shaw has won the Wesson mayoral election, securing his fourth consecutive term at City Hall.

After a campaign that saw the incumbent pitted against rival Pete Skinner, Shaw came out on top with 270 votes or 63 percent. Skinner took 158 of the 429 votes cast.

Speaking after the results were announced, Shaw said he would continue to work toward one aim: improving the quality of life in Wesson.

“I appreciate everyone’s support and prayers,” the married father of two stated as tallies were verified late Tuesday evening, adding with a smile, “I’m relieved.”

Shaw was recently named to the Mississippi Business Journal’s Top 40 under 40, an award program that recognizes the state’s 40 up-and-coming business leaders under the age of 40.

The win capped off a campaign onlookers described as positive. Skinner, rounding out the two-man field, is a well-known figure in local business. He gave the current mayor his first competition in eight years, campaigning on the basic premise that the city of Wesson can do better.

In other municipal positions, the Board of Alderman will see little change. Current members faced no challengers, with Mike Douglas returning to Ward One for a second term with 111 votes and John Welter Jr., scheduled to represent Ward Two for the fifth time with 105 votes.

Billy Ellison, receiving 135 votes, will begin a second term as Ward Three alderman.

With 402 votes, Mayor Pro Tem Van Graham will serve again as alderman at large for a third term.

The only seat being shuffled belongs to Ward Four’s Bobby Britt, who is retiring on June 30. Newcomer Mike King, who garnered 54 votes, had no opposition and will fill that vacancy beginning July 2.

According to King, who ran at the urging of his predecessor, the new position won’t be completely new to him.

“I began attending town meetings four years ago when my property was annexed. I believe the only way to know what’s going on is to be part of it.”