Monsour approved for ballot

Published 9:46 am Tuesday, April 4, 2017

The city of Vicksburg’s Board of Election Commissioners has certified Alex Monsour to run as a Republican candidate for South Ward alderman.

The commissioners rendered their decision Monday following a hearing.

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Commission chairman Clyde Redmon said South Ward Alderman Willis Thompson, Monsour  and the county Democratic and Republican committees were notified of the commission’s decision by email Monday afternoon.

Monsour faces Thompson in the June 6 general election for municipal offices. Neither candidate has an opponent in the May 2 party primaries.

Repeated attempts to reach Thompson for a comment were unsuccessful.

“Great. I’ve been waiting,” Monsour said. “I’m just ready to get out there and run on the issues in Vicksburg, dealing with safety, the infrastructure, quality of life and jobs — now that we have our economic developer in place.

“I want to meet with the people and let them tell me what they want us to do and also what I know we need to do here.”

Thompson challenged Monsour’s qualifications as a candidate for the South Ward seat, questioning whether he met the residency requirements under state law.

According to Thompson’s petition, Monsour, who is the state representative for District 54, has listed several different addresses.

In January 2016, according to the petition, Monsour listed an address of 109 Plantation Drive, which is in the county, and voted at the Culkin precinct in the 2016 presidential election.

On Feb. 1, he had his utilities transferred to 3550 Porters Chapel Road, which Thompson said is in House District 55, and changed his voter registration to that address.

March 3, the final day of qualifying, Monsour filed amended qualifying papers showing an address of 4223 I-20 Frontage Road, which is an apartment complex in the South Ward and in District 55, and said he had been living at that address “for a while.”

Monsour said he had a lease on the home on Porter’s Chapel Road, and was living in an apartment until repairs to the home were completed. He provided information proving his residence to the county Republican Executive Committee, which certified him.

The election commission’s certification came after the commissioners examined the documents Monsour provided the Republican Executive Committee and performed their own investigation.

About John Surratt

John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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