Two more individuals have filed papers signifying their intent to run for city office.

The field for Ward 4 expands to three with the addition of Jerry Porter, who seeks the post along with incumbent J.C. Hill, who is running for a fourth term on the board, and a former alderman, Steve Hill.

Porter is publisher of the Community Newsflash. J.C. Hill is a former assistant director of parks and recreation, and Steve Hill is unit director at the Corinth Boys & Girls Club. All three men are running on the Democratic ticket.

For Ward 1, Johnny Butler turned in papers to run as a Republican against incumbent Chris Wilson, who is seeking a second term.

Butler, who has just resigned from his elected position of post 1 constable and has also just retired from a career with the Corinth Fire Department, told the Daily Corinthian last week that he planned to toss his hat into the ring for the Ward 1 race.

Wilson is a certified registered nurse anesthetist.

The lineup thus far:

Mayor: Tommy Irwin (R, incumbent), Ralph Dance (R)

Chief of police: Ben Gann (R), Landon Tucker (R)

Ward 1 alderman: Chris Wilson (R, incumbent), Johnny Butler (R)

Ward 2 alderman: Ben Albarracin (R, incumbent)

Ward 3 alderman: Chip Wood (R, incumbent)

Ward 4 alderman: J.C. Hill (D, incumbent), Steve Hill (D), Jerry Porter (D)

Ward 5 alderman: Michael McFall (R, incumbent)

Alderman at large: Mike Hopkins (R, incumbent), David Curry (R)

The official certification of the candidates by the Republican and Democratic parties will take place after the qualifying period closes.

With a June 3 deadline, candidates have about four more weeks to make their declaration. Political party candidates must file a letter of intent and pay a qualifying fee at City Hall. Candidates may also gather a petition signed by at least 50 qualified voters in order to run as an independent.

City residents will vote for four positions – mayor, police chief, alderman for the ward they reside in, and alderman at large. Anyone who is not registered to vote needs to do so by July 5 to be eligible to vote in the primary.

The party primary election is Aug. 2 with runoffs on Aug. 23 if needed, followed by the general election on Oct. 4. The primary often decides many races.

Nov. 7 will kick off the next four-year term for Corinth’s elected leaders.

Staff Writer

Jebb Johnston is a 1991 Alcorn Central High School graduate and a 1995 Ole Miss journalism graduate. His primary beats are city and county government.

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