A former mayor and city clerk are among those joining the list of candidates for alderman at large as qualifying continues for municipal elections in the city of Booneville.
New to the list of qualifiers since the last edition of the paper are former Booneville mayor Derrick Blythe who is running as an independent candidate for alderman at large and Lavaile Shields who recently resigned as city clerk and will run as a Republican for the same post. Former alderman-at-large Harold Eaton is also running as a Republican for alderman-at-large.
Also throwing their hats into the ring this week are Lauren Whitson running as a Republican for Alderman Ward 1 and Michael Starkey as a Republican for Ward 4 Alderman.
Chandler Starling, who previously qualified to run as a Republican for Alderman Ward 1 has withdrawn his name, according to city officials.
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), Gary Walker (Republican), Lauren Whitson (Republican)
Alderman Ward 2: Jeff Williams (Democrat)
Alderman Ward 3: Bill Stevenson (Republican)
Alderman Ward 4: Michael Starkey (Republican)
Alderman-at-Large: Harold Eaton (Republican), Lavaile Shields (Republican), Derrick Blythe (Independent)
Four of Booneville’s five current aldermen have announced they will not be seeking reelection. Ward 1 Alderman Jason Michael, Ward 3 Alderman Mark McCoy, Ward 4 Alderman William Scott and Alderman-at-Large Lisa Stevens have all said they are not planning to run again for the seats they currently hold. Ward 2 Alderman Jeff Williams and Mayor Chris Lindley are seeking reelection.
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.