Meridian Star

February 2, 2013

Slate of candidates grows

By Terri Ferguson Smith /
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —     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.