The final days of qualifying for Booneville’s municipal election brought several new candidates and set up contested races for mayor and all five seats on the board of aldermen.

Qualifying closed last Friday for this year’s municipal elections. The first party primary election is scheduled for April 6, with a runoff (if necessary) set for April 27. The general election is June 8. New terms begin July 1.

New candidates to qualify since last week’s newspaper include John Reese as a Republican for Ward 1 Alderman; Robbye Wiggins as a Democrat for Alderman Ward 2; Jimmy Hicks as a Repubilcan and Tai Grove as an independent in Ward 3 and Christoper Kitchens as a Republican and Carolyn Miller as an independent in Ward 4.

The final list of qualifiers are:

Mayor: Chris Lindley (Republican) (incumbent); CJ McCoy (Independent)

Alderman Ward 1: Tara Lauderdale (Republican), Gary Walker (Republican), Lauren Whitson (Republican), John Reese (Republican)

Alderman Ward 2: Jeff Williams (Democrat) (incumbent), Robbye Wiggins (Democrat)

Alderman Ward 3: Bill Stevenson (Republican), Jimmy Hicks (Republican), Tai Grove (Independent)

Alderman Ward 4: Michael Starkey (Republican), Allan Prentiss (Republican), Christoper Kitchens (Republican), Carolyn Miller (Independent)

Alderman-at-Large: Harold Eaton (Republican), Lavaile Shields (Republican), Derrick Blythe (Independent)

Banner Independent Editor

Managing editor of the Daily Corinthian’s sister newspaper, Booneville’s Banner-Independent, Brant Sappington has been a member of the Daily Corinthian family since 2001.

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