Booneville Mayor Chris Lindley will serve a second term at the helm of the City of Hospitality after defeating challenger CJ McCoy in Tuesday’s general election.
The city’s new board of alderman was also completed on Tuesday as Jimmy Clyde Hicks won the race for Ward 3 Alderman, Carolyn Miller claimed the Ward 4 seat and LaVaile Shields took the Alderman-at Large post.
Republican Lindley defeated independent challenger CJ McCoy 964 to 347 in the hotly contested race for mayor.
“I want to thank the citizens of Booneville for their confidence four years ago in me. We have accomplished so much in the last four years and there are things in the works already for the next four years that are just going to grow the city of Booneville and it’s going to bring prosperity to the city of Booneville. I just can’t explain the thanks that I have for the citizens showing their support for me,” said Lindley
Former City Clerk Shields, a Republican, defeated former mayor and independent candidate Derrick Blythe 853 to 438 in the race for Alderman at Large. The winner takes the seat currently held by Lisa Stevens who did not seek reelection.
Republican Hicks won the Ward 3 seat on the board with a vote of 241 to 50 over independent candidate Tai Grove. He will fill the post currently held by Mark McCoy who did not seek reelection.
Independent Miller claimed the Ward 4 seat with a win over Republican Alan Prentiss 250 to 181. Miller will fill the seat being vacated by William Scott who did not seek reelection.
“I’d like to thank all of the voters of Booneville for your confidence and support in electing me as your Alderman at Large. You, the citizens, are the greatest asset there is for the City of Booneville. You are the reason I sought the position of Alderman at Large, so I could be a voice for every citizen and represent you. I look forward to working together with each board member, mayor, and the dedicated employees of the City of Booneville to continue to make it possible for Booneville to grow and thrive. Thank you to all my family and friends for your support throughout this election as it would not have been possible without you. And most of all to my Lord and Savior who makes all things possible,” said Shields.
“I’m glad to get started and get things rolling for the city of Booneville. I want to have a voice for the people and it’s my goal to see everything working together. I appreciate everybody in ward 3 that got out and voted for me,” said Hicks.
“I feel so humbled by the vote that I got and I will try to do the best of my ability to serve the people of Booneville. I love Booneville,” said Miller.
The three newly elected board members will join Ward 1 Alderman Tara Green Lauderdale and longtime Ward 2 Alderman Jeff Williams on the board when new terms begin at the start of July.
Williams, a Democrat, was elected to his sixth term on the board in the Democratic primary and was unopposed in the general election. Williams was the lone board member to seek reelection this year as the other four members decided not to seek another term.
Lauderdale was sworn in earlier this month to complete the unexpired term of former Ward 1 Alderman Jason Michael and will begin her first full term in July. The Republican won her seat in the Republican primary and was unopposed in the general election. She was appointed to fill the remainder of Michael’s term after he resigned due to moving out of the ward. Michael was also not seeking reelection.