Primary candidates make final push for votes

Published 11:01 pm Saturday, April 29, 2017

Candidates in Tuesday’s Democratic primary for municipal offices are making their final appeals to the voters as they move into the last days before voters go to the polls to select the party’s nominees for Mayor and North and South Ward aldermen.

The polls will be open Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Three candidates are seeking the Democratic nomination in the primary for mayor, incumbent George Flaggs Jr., District 3 Warren County Supervisor Charles Selmon and Mitchell Dent, a former Vicksburg police chief and deputy chief. The winner will face independent candidates Darryl Hollingsworth, Jennifer Thomas and Willie Robinson in the general election June 6.

Two candidates, North Ward Alderman Michael Mayfield and assistant city clerk John Carroll, are seeking the Democratic nomination for North Ward Alderman, and will face former Vicksburg police investigator Troy Kimble June 6.

South Ward Alderman Willis Thompson is unopposed in the Democratic primary for South Ward Alderman, and will face District 54 State Rep. Alex Monsour June 6. Monsour is the only Republican running for office.

Flaggs said he has programs to meet voters during the final days and will be at the Bobby Rush show and crawfish boil Sunday at the pavilion at City Park.

“We are also doing mail-outs and we’re doing telephone calls and we’re doing canvassing; we’re starting at 8:30 in the morning at LD’s (Restaurant),” he said. “I’ve done everything I’ve done for the last 30 years in politics. I must admit I have more nervousness this time than every before, and I guess that’s because it’s more local for me than every before. I’ve never had to run in a local race like this before for re-election.”

He called his nervous feeling “a good thing for me,” although he added he was concerned in the drop in the voter rolls since the 2013 election.

Other candidates are taking a more traditional approach to the race, taking to the streets to seek support.

Dent said he plans to get out and talk to as many people as he can “and explain our plan and our vision for the city. We’re going to get out and knock on doors.”

“Between now and Tuesday all we’re doing is basically doubling back and hitting the areas we’ve already done, asking people for their support; that’s going to be our agenda for the rest of the week,” Selmon said. “We’re going to work the neighborhoods.”

Mayfield was out visiting voters in the North Ward.

“I’m burning the candle at both ends — wide open,” he said. “A fellow once told me when I got into this, ‘There’s only two ways to run, fast and faster.’ I’ve been fast, now I’m faster.”

He said he planned to continue knocking on doors “until the votes are counted. I don’t stop until the votes are counted.”

“I’m continuing to talk to the people and get the people’s input, and share my vision for the North Ward,” Carroll said. “I’ve got to do the groundwork. I like the feedback I get and the interacting with citizens and getting their input on how to impact not the individual, but the community.”

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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