Aldermen first to sign up for city elections

Published 12:00 am Friday, January 7, 2005

[1/6/05]And they’re off.

The first two candidates to file qualifying papers to run for Vicksburg offices this spring are the two incumbent aldermen who will seek their party nominations in the May 3 primary.

North Ward Aldermen Gertrude Young and South Ward Alderman Sid Beauman both filed to seek re-election.

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Young, 49, is a Democrat and seeking her fourth term. She said she feels good about her chances.

“I don’t think anyone who has come out so far can stand up to my record because I’ve been consistent and productive for 12 years,” Young said.

Warren County District 2 Supervisor Michael Mayfield, 45, has said he plans to seek the Democratic nomination for the post. Tommie F. Rawlings, 41, a builder; Vickie Bailey, 36, director of the city’s Jackson Street Community Center; and Carl Yelverton, 58, a casino security guard, have said they will run as independents, meaning their names will not appear until the June 7 general election ballot.

The deadline to qualify to run for the job that now pays $58,800 annually is March 4.

Beauman, 57, is the only candidate to file in the South Ward and the only candidate to announce plans to run for that post. He will again run as a Republican and his name will be on a separate ballot from candidates seeking the Democratic nomination.

Beauman had been the director of the city’s parks and recreation department for eight years before running for alderman in 2001 after Sam Habeeb opted against running for a second term.

City voters will also choose a mayor. Warren County District 3 Supervisor Charles Selmon, 44, and Eric Rawlings, 42, who ran in the primary four years ago, have said they plan to seek the Democratic nomination.

First-term incumbent Laurence Leyens, 40, has said he will again run as an independent.

The mayoral salary is now $73,500. Several others have said they are considering running for one of the city’s three elected positions, but none have committed to plans.

The deadline for Vicksburg residents to qualify to vote in the primary election is April 2, and the deadline for the general election is May 7. Those chosen by voters will take office July 4.