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Wesson adds one qualifier to list

Stephen Ashley has qualified to run for the Wesson alderman-at-large seat presently held by Ric Crockett. Both are running as independents. Brookhaven had no new qualifiers as of 5 p.m. Friday, according to City Hall.

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.