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Municipal elections begin to take shape
by Jebb Johnston
Jan 21, 2017 | 1098 views | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Qualifying for municipal elections continues in most cities and towns across Mississippi.

In Alcorn County, it’s an election year for Farmington, Rienzi, Kossuth and Glen, with mayors and aldermen posts to be filled.

In Kossuth, four-term incumbent Mayor Donald R. Pace is seeking reelection to another term. He was first elected in 2001 while serving as an alderman for the town.

Five individuals have turned in papers to run for alderman in Kossuth — incumbents Steve Jones, Jerry Strickland, Dusty Essary and James Allen, along with Paul Rollison, a former alderman.

Municipal Clerk Randy Holt said Ken Rainey, a longtime alderman for the town, has indicated he will not run for another term on the board.

Farmington has two more joining the race for alderman in the past week — Lowell Gann and Joel Cottrell, both incumbents running as Republicans. Others in the hunt for alderman are incumbents Jeff Patterson and Johnny Potts and a newcomer, Luther Rhodes, all on the Republican ticket.

Mayor Dale Fortenberry is seeking a fourth term.

In Rienzi, Mayor Walter Williams is seeking a third term. Running for alderman are David Massey and Dale Leonard, incumbents, and Melissa Morgan, a former alderwoman.

Municipal clerk Jessica Pollard said several interested individuals have picked up qualifying papers but have not yet submitted them.

The town of Glen does not yet have any on the qualifying slate.

The qualifying period ends March 3. A petition signed by at least 15 qualified electors is required in Rienzi, Kossuth and Glen.

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