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Starkville alderman races set up changing of the guard


Tim Pratt



STARKVILLE -- While the city of Starkville braces for a new mayor this summer, residents also can expect to see some new faces on the seven-member Board of Aldermen. 


The Starkville primary election Tuesday eliminated several candidates in the running for aldermen seats and also ended the term of one current member. 


In Ward 1, where Alderman Sumner Davis opted not to run for re-election, Democratic candidates Corey Bagwell and Mark Duncan took the top two spots in Tuesday''s primary and will face each other in a runoff election May 19; neither garnered more than 50 percent of the vote. Fellow Democrat Juliette Weaver-Reese was eliminated from the race. 


Bagwell received 281 votes, or 41.69 percent, while Duncan garnered 249 votes, or 36.94 percent. Weaver-Reese received 135 votes. 


The winner of the May 19 runoff will face fellow Ward 1 candidates Helen Eaves, independent, and Republican Ben Carver in the general election on June 2. 


In Ward 4, John Michael VanHorn won the Republican primary over Nick Papas and will face Democrat Richard Corey, the incumbent, in the general election on June 2. VanHorn received 24 votes; Papas received 17. 


The race in Ward 5 featured Democrats Jeremiah Dumas and Scott Maynard squaring off in the bid to replace incumbent Alderman Matt Cox, who is in the primary runoff for mayor, along with Parker Wiseman. Dumas secured the Democratic nod with 292 votes, or 52.33 percent, while Maynard had 265 votes, or 47.49 percent. 


Dumas will face the lone Republican in the Ward 5 race, Mike Allen, in the general election. 


In Ward 7, incumbent Alderwoman Janette Self was knocked off by challenger Henry Vaughn Sr. in the Democratic primary. Vaughn received 215 votes, compared to Self''s total of 169. 


Because no Republicans entered the Ward 7 race, Vaughn secured his seat on the Board of Aldermen with the victory. 


In other races, the Ward 2 general election will feature incumbent Rodney Lincoln, a Republican, against Democratic challenger Sandra Sistrunk. 


In Ward 3, where Alderman P.C. "Mac" McLaurin is not running for re-election, Republican Eric Parker will face Democrat John Gaskin in the general election June 2. 


In Ward 6, Alderman and Vice Mayor Roy A. Perkins is running uncontested for re-election.




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