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.