Supervisor Selmon signs up as Dem mayoral candidate|[3/2/05]

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, March 2, 2005

Already well into his campaign for mayor, Charles Selmon officially filed Tuesday to seek the Democratic nomination in May’s primary races.

Selmon, 44, is serving his third term as Warren County District 3 supervisor and will remain in that post through the election season.

Although he waited until the last week to qualify, Selmon’s bumper stickers and signs have been showing up across the city since the first of the year.

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Friday is the last day for candidates to turn in paperwork to the city clerk. Others who will appear on the Democratic ballot are Eric Rawlings, 42, and John Shorter, 38.

The winner of that race will advance to face incumbent Mayor Laurence Leyens, 40, and former Mayor Joe Loviza, 65, who both qualified as independents.

Selmon said he is running for mayor because he believes Vicksburg is ready for a change at City Hall.

“I believe that the voters are going to choose someone who is going to be a leader for all the people and not just some of the people,” Selmon said.

Since announcing his campaign in November, Selmon has been critical of the municipal government’s policies in the police department and particularly what he calls personnel shortages. Currently, numbers show the department has about 12 openings.

“We must put pride back into the police department,” Selmon.

About 20 people also attended a press conference later at the Holiday Inn Express where Selmon also questioned city bond issues and the permit requirements for businesses.

As supervisor representing the only county district entirely inside the city limits, Selmon is paid $37,343. He is campaigning for a job that now pays $73,500.

Also on the May 3 Democratic primary ballot will be candidates for North Ward alderman. Those seeking the nomination in that race are the incumbent, Gertrude Young, 49; Warren County District 2 Supervisor Michael Mayfield, 47, and Rodney Dillamar, 45.

The winner of that race will advance to the June 7 general election to face independent candidates Vickie Bailey, 36, and Tommie Rawlings, 41, and the winner of the Republican primary. If no others file to run as a Republican in the North Ward, Carl Yelverton, 58, will advance to the general election.

In the South Ward, so far only the incumbent, Sid Beauman, 57, a Republican, has filed, but Pam Johnson, 39, a hairdresser who ran four years ago, has said she plans to run again. Aldermen are paid $58,000.