Ward 1 alderman candidates officially qualify

Published 2:17 pm Monday, April 22, 2024

The list of candidates vying to replace the late Michael Mayfield Sr. as alderman for Vicksburg’s Ward 1 became official Monday morning when 10 people qualified for the ballot.

Officially in the race as part of a special election to be held Thursday, May 9 are Thomas “T.J.” Mayfield, Charles Selmon, Joseph Everette Williams Jr., Gregory E. Bingham, Daryl Hollingsworth, Kevin L. Winters Sr., Bobbie Bingham Morrow, Jamma F. Williams, Michael Anthony Gates, and Warren Jones.

Former Alderman Mayfield passed away Monday, March 11 after a brief battle with cancer.

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Following Mayfield’s death, then-City Attorney Kimberly Walker-Nailor said, pursuant to section 23-15-857 of the Mississippi Code, it is necessary to call a special election to fill the vacancy, which will be held Thursday, May 9. The statute also dictates each candidate for the vacated seat must qualify by petition filed with the municipal clerk by 5 p.m. at least 20 days before the date of the election, and all candidates will qualify as independents. The petition must contain the names of at least 50 qualified municipal electors.

Walker-Nailor said, should no candidate receive the majority of the votes in the special election, a runoff election will be held Thursday, May 30, between the two candidates receiving the highest number of votes in the special election.