March 7, 2009
Tim Pratt -
STARKVILLE -- Nearly two dozen candidates have qualified for the upcoming Starkville municipal election, with the largest battle set to take place in the race for Ward 1 alderman.
Current Ward 1 Alderman Sumner Davis has opted not to run for re-election, so five others have stepped up for the chance to fill his spot.
In the Democratic primary, set to take place May 5, Corey Bagwell will face Mark Duncan and Juliette Weaver-Reese for the Ward 1 seat. In the Republican primary, which is set for the same date, Ben Carver is running unopposed. Carver will face the winner of the Democratic primary, plus Independent Helen Eaves, in the general election on June 2.
In Ward 2, incumbent Alderman Rodney Lincoln is the only Republican on the ticket. He will face Sandra Sistrunk, the only Democratic candidate, on June 6.
Ward 3 Alderman P.C. "Mac" McLaurin has decided not to run for re-election. John Gaskin is running to fill his seat as a Democrat, while Eric Parker is campaigning on the Republican side.
In Ward 4, incumbent Alderman Richard Corey is the only Democrat who qualified, but on the Republican side, Nicholas Papas and John Van Horn will face off in the primary.
The Ward 5 seat is available since current Alderman Matt Cox has entered the race for mayor. Cox will face fellow challenger Parker Wiseman and incumbent Mayor Dan Camp in the Democratic primary. Only one Republican -- Marnita Henderson -- has entered the mayoral contest.
Three Democrats have lined up to replace Cox as Ward 5 alderman -- Jeremiah Dumas, Scott Maynard and Virgil Bolin. Michael Allen is the only Republican entered in the Ward 5 race.
In Ward 6, incumbent Alderman and Vice Mayor Roy A. Perkins is running unopposed to retain his seat.
Ward 7 Alderwoman Janette Self will square off against challenger Henry Vaughn Sr. in the Democratic primary. No Republicans entered the Ward 7 race.
Of the 23 total candidates, 15 are Democrats, seven are Republicans and one is an Independent.