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Hopkins wins alderman at large primary

Hopkins

By Jebb Johnston jjohnston@dailycorinthian.com

Alderman at Large Mike Hopkins scored a narrow win in Tuesday's Republican primary and moves on to face a Libertarian Party challenger in Corinth's October general election.

Hopkins received 311 votes, or 53 percent, to Ken Weeden's 276. The total includes 16 absentee ballots. Nine affidavit ballots that will not affect the outcome were held to be counted later.

"I appreciate the vote that I got today," said Hopkins. "I hope that the citizens will give me the opportunity to continue working on the good things we have going in the city."

The owner of Hopkins Truck Sales, he is seeking a fourth term as the city's at-large alderman -- the only alderman post that is voted on by citizens of all five wards.

Weeden, an attorney, previously served as an alderman in Baldwyn before relocating to Corinth.

"I want to congratulate Mike on running a good, clean campaign," he said. "I thank all those that supported me, and I look forward to continuing to serve our community in whatever way I can."

On the general election ballot for alderman at large, Hopkins will face Jacob Smith, a process engineer at KeytronicEMS

With just one contested race in the city's primary season, voter turnout, as expected, was minimal, with about 600 votes cast. There was no Democratic primary.

The only other contested race is in Ward 1, with incumbent Andrew "Bubba" Labas (R) and Chris Wilson (independent). It will be on the city's general election ballot on Oct. 9.