Mayor running again in Wesson

Published 8:32 pm Saturday, February 4, 2017

Mayor Alton Shaw has qualified as an incumbent in the Wesson municipal election, while Rosa Harris hopes to take his place.

They join the list of four in Wesson who have already qualified for seats. All candidates qualified so far in Wesson are running as independents since the city does not have an active Republican or Democratic party.

In Brookhaven, four more candidates have joined the race for municipal seats.

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Shannon Moore of Crooked Lane has qualified as a Democrat for Ward 2 alderman and David McCoy of Hartman Street has qualified as a Democrat for Ward 6 alderman.

Troy Douglas of Pritchard Street and Marilyn Dow-Harris of North Jackson Street have both qualified for the alderman-at-large seat. Douglas qualified as Republican, while Dow-Harris qualified as a Democrat.



Joe Cox, inc. — Republican

Ward 1

Dorsey Cameron — Democrat

Elisa Corley Jr. — Democrat

Ward 2

Vernastine Byrd — Democrat

Danny Chatman — Democrat

Shannon Moore — Democrat

Ward 3

David Holloway — Democrat

Mary H. Wilson, inc. — Democrat

Ward 4

John Roberts Jr. — Republican

Jason Snider — Republican

Rusty Yates — Republican

Ward 5

Fletcher Grice, inc. — Republican

Ward 6

Shelley M. Harrigill — independent

David McCoy — Democrat

Andre D. Spiller — Democrat


Troy Douglas — Republican

Marilyn Dow-Harris — Democrat

Karen Sullivan, inc. — Republican

Police Chief

Bobby Bell, inc. — Democrat

Brookhaven Ward 1 Alderman Randy Belcher — Democrat

BPD Lt. Kenneth Collins —Democrat

Wesson: (all independents)Mayor

Rosa Harris

Alton Shaw, inc

Ward 2

Jarrad Ashley 

John Welter, inc. 

Ward 3

Billy Ellison, inc. 


Rick Crockett, inc. 

Individuals can submit their statement of intent at the Brookhaven City Clerk’s office through 5 p.m. March 3. Wesson candidates submit theirs to Wesson City Hall. It’s a $10 fee if an individual is running as a Republican or Democrat, which goes to the party. Those planning to run as independent must gather the signatures of 50 registered voters within the city limits. If the application is for an alderman seat, the signatures must come from the ward in which the candidate lives.

The primary election is May 2. If no one gets 50 percent of the vote plus one, there will be a runoff election, which will be May 16.

If there is a runoff, voters must stick with whatever party they voted in the primary. The general election is June 6. It will include the party primary winners and any independent candidates. Residents can register to vote in the municipal election up to 30 days prior to the election. That can be done in the Lincoln County Circuit Clerk’s office during business hours, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or at the Brookhaven City Clerk’s office on Saturday, April 1, from 8 a.m. to noon.

Copiah County residents must register at the Copiah County Circuit Clerk’s office. Voter IDs can be obtained at either circuit clerk’s office.