City’s Hubbard in race for supervisor|[02/28/07]

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, February 28, 2007

City of Vicksburg department head Robert Hubbard entered the race for Warren County supervisor in District 5 Tuesday, saying his platform will be unifying relations between the city and Warren County.

Hubbard, 61, director of community services for Vicksburg since 2001, filed as an independent to face incumbent Supervisor Richard George in the southeastern county district. It is Hubbard’s first bid for elective office and his filing means all members of the county governing board have at least one challenger.

The deadline to apply for any race on this fall’s ballots – from constable to governor – is 5 p.m. Thursday.

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&#8220I believe it’s time for county government to stop fighting among themselves,” said Hubbard.

If no other candidates file, the contest between Hubbard and George will be decided in the general election Nov. 6.

Hubbard is a graduate of Vicksburg High School and Hinds Community College. The city department Hubbard has overseen since 2001 works with prison inmates who work off fines by picking up trash and various other odd jobs around the city. Before his city post, the Army veteran worked for International Paper Company.

George, 58, was first elected in 1991 and is seeking a fourth, nonconsecutive term. After sitting out a term when he ran the county’s buildings and grounds department, he won the seat again in 2000 and was re-elected in 2003 with 57 percent of the vote.

District 5 is the most populous of the five supervisor districts in the most recent U.S. Census, with 11,585 people.

The district stretches from Fisher Ferry Road east to the Silver Creek area and picks up the Rebel Circle neighborhood off Warriors Trail. It extends into the city, bounded by Halls Ferry Road, Old Highway 27 and Interstate 20.

The other incumbents are David McDonald in District 1, William Banks in 2, Charles Selmon in 3 and Carl Flanders in 4.

State-level offices on local ballots include House districts 54 and 55, with Rep. George Flaggs, D-Vicksburg, the lone candidate in the latter.

In District 54, three Republicans are vying for the seat being vacated by two-term Rep. Chester Masterson. They are local businessman Alex Monsour and attorneys Thomas Setser and Ryan Sadler.

Masterson is running for the Senate District 23 seat being vacated by Sen. Mike Chaney, R-Vicksburg, who is not seeking a third Senate term.

As of today, Masterson will face James &#8220Buddy” Terrell in the Republican primary on Aug. 7 and attorney W. Briggs Hopson and businessman Eric Rawlings will meet in the Democratic primary the same day. The primary winners advance to the general election.