By Terri Ferguson Smith / firstname.lastname@example.org
The Meridian Star
Two more people have entered the race for Meridian City Council seats.
Kenneth Dustin Markham has joined the race for Ward 2 City Councilman. So far Ward 2 has the largest slate of candidates. In addition to incumbent Mary Perry announcing her reelection bid, three others have also qualified as candidates: Nathaniel L. Pringle Jr., Martin M. Jack, and Terry L. Stennis. All are running as Democrats.
Ward 3 incumbent Barbara Henson, a Republican, will face opposition from Kim Houston, a Democrat.
Ward 1 incumbent George Thomas is being challenged by Brian Keith McCary. Both are Republicans.
So far, Ward 4 incumbent Jesse E. Palmer Sr., a Democrat, is unopposed in his bid for reelection.
In Ward 5, Randy Hammon is running as a Republican for the post currently held by Bobby Smith.
Smith is scheduled to make a campaign announcement Monday at noon on the steps of Meridian City Hall and Percy Bland is scheduled to make a campaign announcement Tuesday at noon on the steps of City Hall.
Two people have filed qualifying papers for mayor of Meridian. Incumbent Cheri Barry is seeking reelection as a Republican. She is being challenged by Rod Amos, a Democrat.
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.