Runoffs Held in Municipal Races

Runoffs are being held Tuesday for the office of mayor in Philadelphia and Newton.

Insurance agency owner, David Carr, led a three candidate field for mayor of Newton in the May 5 Democratic Primary. Incumbent Michael Pickens placed second.

In Philadelphia, incumbent Mayor Rayburn Waddell, and former Neshoba County supervisor James Young placed first and second, respectively, in the Democratic Primary May 5.

Voters in both municipalities will decide those races Tuesday. The winner in Philadelphia will be the next mayor because no Republicans or independents are running. The winner of the Pickens-Carr race will face independent Robert Moore in the June 2 general election.

There is also a runoff in the town of Hickory for the Ward 1 board of aldermen seat. Billie Robinson and Lori Evans led a 3-person field, but no candidate had the required 50% plus one to win the seat outright.

A former mayor and a two-term city councilman are in a runoff for the Democratic nomination for mayor in Jackson.

Former Mayor Harvey Johnson, Jr., led the May 5 primary but was forced into a runoff with Councilman Marshand Crisler. Incumbent Mayor Frank Melton was a distant third. Melton died two days after the primary. Melton had defeated Johnson in 2005.

The winner will compete against one Republican and four independent candidates in the June 2 general election.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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