It’s almost time for Booneville voters to head to the polls for the first round of municipal elections.
Booneville’s party primary election is set for next Tuesday, April 6. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and all voting will take place at the West Side Community Center at Plumrose Park.
City hall will be open from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 3 for the final day for in-person absentee voting. All those voting absentee or in person must present a valid photo identification.
City Election Commission Secretary Barbara Shackelford said she encourages voters to know what ward they live in prior to going to vote. If anyone is unsure of their ward maps are available at City Hall. Voters can also call city hall to get help in determining which ward they are in.
Shackelford said city officials are asking residents to wear a face covering when they come to vote.
The primary election is the time each party chooses its candidates for the general election, so voters will be required to choose to vote as either a Republican or Democrat.
In the Republican primary voters will see a pair of contested elections. All candidates for Alderman Ward 1 are running as republicans so that race will be decided in the primary among candidates Tara Lauderdale, Josh Reese, Gary Walker and Lauren Whitson.
In Ward 3 Republicans, Jimmy Hicks and Bill Stevenson will battle for the party’s nomination with the winner to face independent candidate Tai Grove in the general election. In Ward 4 Republicans Chris Kitchens, Allen Prentiss and Michael Starkey will seek their party’s nomination with the winner to face independent Carolyn Miller in the general election.
In the race for alderman at large, Republicans Harold Eaton and LaVaile Shields will seek the nomination with the winner to face independent Derrick Blythe in the general election.
There will be only one contested race on the Democratic primary ballot. In Ward 2 incumbent alderman Jeff Williams and challenger Robbye Grove Wiggins are both running as Democrats. With no independents or Republicans in that race the primary winner will win the election.
There will be no primary in the race for mayor since incumbent Chris Lindley is the lone Republican candidate with his only challenger, CJ McCoy, running as an independent.
If no candidate receives more than 50 percent of the vote in any of the contested primary elections. Runoffs will be held on April 27.
The city’s general election is set for June 8 and the newly elected officials will take office on July 1.