Four of Booneville’s five aldermen will not seek reelection in 2021.
Qualifying began Monday for the municipal election with the posts of mayor and all five aldermen on the ballot this year.
Ward 1 Alderman Jason Michael, Ward 3 Alderman Mark McCoy, Ward 4 Alderman William Scott and Alderman-at-Large Lisa Stevens announced during Tuesday’s regular board meeting they will not seek reelection to their current positions. Ward 2 Alderman Jeff Williams said he is definitely running again for his post, as is Mayor Chris Lindley.
Candidates who had filed qualifying papers with the city clerk’s office as of 5 p.m. Tuesday are:
Mayor: Chris Lindley (Republican) (incumbent)
Alderman Ward 1: Tara Lauderdale (Republican), Chandler Starling (Republican)
Alderman Ward 2: Jeff Williams (Democrat)
Alderman Ward 3: None
Alderman Ward 4: None
Alderman-at-Large: Harold Eaton (Republican)
Qualifying continues through 5 p.m. Friday, February 5. 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.
McCoy had filed to run for reelection on Monday, but announced Tuesday evening he plans to withdraw his name from the ballot after much consideration.
“I’m withdrawing. I’m done,” he said.
McCoy said he’s proud of the progress the city has seen during his 12 years as an alderman, but he’s frustrated with the inability to with some issues and has decided it’s time to step down. He said he appreciates everyone who has worked so hard through the years for the city and wants everyone to know he and the other aldermen will continue to work hard through the end of their current terms.
“It’s been an honor to serve the citizens of Booneville for eight years,” said Michael.
He said he’s grateful to all those who have supported him and to the entire board and all city workers for their efforts to make Booneville a better place. He said with the growing demands of his job and the need to spend more time with his family he feels it’s time for him to step down.
Stevens said she’s extremely thankful for the opportunity to serve.
“It’s been an absolute honor,” she said.
She said the city has come a long way and she thanked her fellow board members and the mayor for their hard work and commitment to the city. She said with two other jobs including teaching at Northeast Mississippi Community College and as owner of Market 105 she feels she needs to step away to better balance the demands of work and family.
“This has been one of the most wonderful experiences of my life,” said Scott.
He also thanked all those in city government and the citizens for their hard work and said he believes Booneville is on a positive path for future success.
“The city is in good shape,” said Scott.
Scott and Michael also echoed McCoy in saying there is still work to be done and the entire board remains committed to working hard for the citizens of Booneville as they move toward the completion of their terms.