Qualifying Deadline Passes for Candidates

Friday at 5 p.m. was the deadline to qualify to run in Mississippi's municipal elections.

In Meridian, Republican candidate Bill Marcy said he's withdrawing from the race for mayor. he told Newscenter 11 he is pleased with the other candidates who have decided to run since his announcement, so he's dropping out.

Marcy said he doesn't plan to publicly support any particular candidate at this time.

Another Democrat has also decided to enter the mayor's race. William B. Compton, a Meridian teacher, also ran for governor in 2007.

Other candidates who had already made their intentions known are Democrats Percy Bland, Joe Norwood, and Casandra Sloan, and Republican Cheri Barry.

One of the men who made the 2005 mayor's race interesting said Friday that he would not be running again this year.

Harrison Lewis, who refers to himself as "the truthmaster", said during a news conference, that though he is not running, an associate of his will be running for city council.

Tavio Rand plans to run as an independent for the Ward 2 seat currently held by Democrat Mary Perry.

"I decided to run for city council, Ward 2, because I felt that we needed more of a voice," said Rand. "And I feel I will be the voice of the people. It's time out for the same business as usual politics."

Perry and Rand were the only two people running for that seat.

In other city council races, Ward 1 incumbent, Dr. George Thomas, a Republican, will be challenged in the primary by Wally Hudnall and Jesse Barnett.

Ward 3 councilwoman Barbara Henson, a Republican, faces opposition from
Democrat Randle Jennings.

Ward 4 incumbent Jesse E. Palmer, Sr., a Democrat, faces a primary challenge from Democrat John Nelson.

Ward 5 councilman John Harris, a Democrat, is opposed by Republican Bobby Smith and independent candidate Walter Patton. Harris defeated Smith in the 2005 council race by a 54 percent to 46 percent margin.


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