Incumbent mayor to see challenger
A Democratic contender for Brookhaven mayor has stepped forward to run against the Republican incumbent in the upcoming municipal elections.
David D. Smith of Adams Street qualified Thursday for the mayor’s seat, which is held by Joe Cox. Cox qualified Jan. 3. Today at 5 p.m. is the deadline for candidates to submit qualifying statements of intent to run in either the Democrat or Republican parties or as an independent.
Individuals can qualify at the Brookhaven City Clerk’s office. In 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.
Others who have qualified in the past two weeks include LaMareo “Big Moe” Brown of East Washington Street who qualified as an independent for Ward 3 alderman, Gene Buckles of North Jackson Street, who qualified as Republican for Ward 6 alderman, and Harold Rowe of Redoak Drive, who qualified as an independent for Ward 6 alderman.
In Wesson, those qualifying in the past two weeks include Marty Shroud for mayor, Larry Hall for Ward 1 alderman and incumbent Mike King for Ward 4 alderman. All candidates in Wesson are running as independents.
Joe Cox, inc. — Republican
David D. Smith — Democrat
Dorsey Cameron — Democrat
Elisa Corley Jr. — Democrat
Vernastine Byrd — Democrat
Danny Chatman — Democrat
Shannon Moore — Democrat
LaMareo “Big Moe” Brown — independent
David Holloway — Democrat
Mary H. Wilson, inc. — Democrat
John Roberts Jr. — Republican
Jason Snider — Republican
Rusty Yates — Republican
Fletcher Grice, inc. — Republican
Gene Buckles — Republican
Shelley M. Harrigill — independent
David McCoy — Democrat
Harold Rowe — independent
Andre D. Spiller — Democrat
Troy Douglas — Republican
Marilyn Dow-Harris — Democrat
Karen Sullivan, inc. — Republican
Bobby Bell, inc. — Democrat
Brookhaven Ward 1 Alderman Randy Belcher — Democrat
BPD Lt. Kenneth Collins —Democrat
(all candidates are running as independents)
Alton Shaw, inc.
John Welter, inc.
Billy Ellison, inc.
Mike King, inc.
Rick Crockett, inc.
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.