Meridian Star

February 21, 2013

Candidates qualify in Marion elections One more joins Meridian Ward Five race

By Terri Ferguson Smith / tsmith@themeridianstar.com
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —     Two people have qualified as candidates in the upcoming town of Marion elections.

    Barbara Anthony, an incumbent, and Frank King, a new candidate, have both filed qualifying papers to seek the office of alderman.

    In Marion, all five aldermen are elected at large. The incumbents are: Anthony, Bernice Martin, Rita Rawson, Bobbie Sherrod and Tammy Young. Elvis Hudson is mayor.

    Several people have picked up qualifying papers, but only two had returned them as of Tuesday at noon. Candidates must have the signatures of at least 50 people who are registered voters in Marion.

    The qualifying deadline for city elections is March 8 at 5 p.m. at Meridian City Hall.

    Party primaries will be held May 7; runoff elections, if necessary, will be held May 21. The general election is set for June 4.

    The council and mayor are elected to four-year terms. The board meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. at Marion Town Hall.

    Another candidate has joined the race for Ward 5 City Councilman in Meridian.

    Albert "Brick" Emerson is running as a Democrat for the seat currently held by Republican Bobby Smith. Smith also faces opposition from Republican Randy Hammon and Democrat John C. Harris.

    Other candidates seeking election are:

Mayor

    Mayor Cheri Barry, a Republican, has three challengers: Rod Amos and Percy Bland, both running as Democrats; and William Bond Compton Jr., who is running as a Republican.

Ward 1

    George M. Thomas, the incumbent, is running as a Republican.

    Brian Keith McCary is running as a Republican.

Ward 2

    Mary Perry, the incumbent, is being challenged by Nathaniel L. Pringle Jr. Martin M. Jack, Terry L. Stennis, and Kenneth Dustin Markham. All are running as Democrats.

Ward 3

    Barbara Henson, the incumbent, is running as a Republican.

    Kim Houston is running as a Democrat.

Ward 4

    Incumbent Jesse E. Palmer Sr., a Democrat, is being challenged by Craig E. Houston, a Democrat.