Qualifying officially opens next Monday for those seeking to run in the 2021 municipal elections.

Booneville city hall will be closed this Thursday and Friday in observance of the New Year’s holiday and potential candidates will be able to file qualifying papers beginning on Monday. The qualifying period will continue through Feb. 6.

On the ballot this year in the city of Booneville, and all of the counties other municipalities, will be mayor and all five positions on the board of aldermen.

The party primary election will be held on April 6 and, if necessary, the primary runoff election is set for April 27. The general election will be June 8. Winners take office July 1.

Mississippi requires all those running to have been a resident of the municipality for two years. Those running for alderman in one of the city’s four wards must reside in the ward in which they are running. The secretary of state’s office states those running for wards must only be a resident of the municipality for two years, not specifically in that ward for two years.

Those running in the party primaries must submit a filing fee of $10 and a their statement of intent to the city clerk’s office by the qualifying date.

Independent candidates must file a petition signed by at least 50 qualified voters of the municipality (for mayor or alderman-at-large) or of the ward in which they’re running (for aldermen running in specific wards).

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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