3 vying for mayor in city of Eupora

By Russell Hood
The Webster Progress-Times

Three candidates qualified to run for Eupora mayor in this year’s
municipal elections.

Mayor Tommy Lott is seeking a third term, running as a Republican,
and previous mayoral candidate Lamar Dumas filed as a Democrat.

Alderman at-large Dan Burchfield is also seeking the mayor’s office
as an Independent.

The three will face off in the general election on June 4.

Aldermen Races
The at-large alderman seat that Burchfield is vacating to run for
mayor drew three candidates: Sherman Butler, a Democrat; Gerald
“Jerry” Gary, an Independent; and Chad Winter, a Republican.

In the other four aldermen races, only two incumbents are running for
their respective seats on the board.

Ward 1 Alderman Vickey Patterson is seeking re-election as a
Democrat. She and Independent opponent James Shaw Jr. will meet in
the general election.

Ward 2 candidates are Democrat Charles Clark, Republican David Dabbs
and Howard Rumore, who is running as an Independent. All will be on
the general election ballot. Incumbent Billy Brister is not seeking
another term.

The Ward 3 seat has already seen a change since the last election
with the resignation of Ricky Newton as aldermen in early January.
The remaining board members, on Jan. 7, appointed Alvin “Buster”
Duvall to fill the remainder of his term.

Although Newton stated in his letter of resignation that he was going
to seek the office of alderman in the upcoming general election, he
did not qualify.

Duvall — who told the other aldermen before they voted to appoint him
that he did not intend to run for the position in the June election —
did qualify to run in Ward 3, however.

Incumbent Duvall is running as an Independent, as is one of the other
three Ward 3 candidates: board attorney Hugh Gibson. The other two
are Blake McMullen, a Republican, and Donna Griffin, a Democrat. All
will be on the general election ballot.

Ward 4 will be the only city race that will require a primary on May
7. Two Democrats are vying for that seat: Robert Gibbs and Jonathan
Sheffield. The top vote-getter will win the election outright since
no one else qualified in Ward 4. Incumbent Hank Flowers is not
seeking another term.

Other Towns
The names of candidates for 2013 municipal elections in Mathiston and
Maben were not available as of publication. The town clerks cited
pending candidate certification or time constraints. Those candidate
lists are scheduled to run next week.

Mantee will not have to have an election because all the incumbents
are unopposed for re-election, according to Town Clerk Eddie Norman.

They are Mayor Mary Frances Baker, and aldermen Kim Davis, William
Gilliland, Barbara Pumphrey, Jimmy Stevens and John Williams.

In Walthall, the only contested race is that for marshal. The two
candidates are Casey Henderson and Barry Rushing Sr. Marshal Benny
Neal is not seeking re-election.

Walthall Mayor Belinda Stewart is unopposed for re-election and only
five people are running for the five aldermen seats: Isom L. “Buzz”
Busby, Jeffrey R. Tabb, and incumbents Glendolyn Crowell, Rodney
Crowell and Sherlene Stewart.

Aldermen Joe Hays and Randy Tabb did not file for re-election.

All candidates for the at-large aldermen seats in the villages of
Mantee and Walthall run as Independents.