Meridian Elections Close

With complete, but unofficial, results tallied in Meridian, Cheri Barry leads Percy Bland in the mayor's race.

In the initial report from city hall, Barry had a 114-vote lead. However, Newscenter 11 learned later that total did not include roughly 600 absentee ballots.

With those votes included in the count, Barry's lead over Bland increased to a 4,866 to 4,562 margin.

In the Ward 3 city council race, incumbent Barbara Henson leads Randle Jennings 856 to 758 votes, and apparently wins her reelection bid.

The Ward 5 council race also changed with the absentee ballots included.
Challenger Bobby Smith leads incumbent John Harris by a margin of 799 votes to 758 votes.

The results will not be official until they are certified by the Meridian Election Commission.


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  • by City Gal Location: city on Jun 8, 2009 at 09:12 AM
    Disgusted your comments make lots of sense. Both would have made good mayors and are to be commended for offering themselves for this job of public service. Let's all get behind out new mayor and support her.
  • by Disgusted Location: Collinsville on Jun 7, 2009 at 08:16 PM
    Everyone is so stuck on this race card issue because thats exactly what it is. It's a major issue with 90% of this town. People can say it has nothing to do with this election but if Percy would have been a white man who graduated from Delta State and owns his own buisness selling medical supplies or something there would be like 3 comments on this discussion board. For God sakes Percy brought a freaking rapper to the campain rally at Highland Park. I doubt that was to cater to the caucasion people that live on that side of town. No, he did it to indorse himself the savior of the african american people of Meridian. Don't get me wrong, I'm a white man who knows Percy personally and believe he would have done a stand up job as mayor but I also think Sherri will as well. To be honest I fell sorry for anyone who has to take on the responsibility of trying to get this city out of the mess it's in now. But to say this debate and hoopla over the "recount" isn't racially motivated is nieve.
  • by anewvoice Location: meridian on Jun 6, 2009 at 12:40 PM
    voter, read my comments again. Never made that comment. What are you talking about. You are sorely mistaken. Take care.
  • by anewvoice Location: meridian on Jun 6, 2009 at 12:38 PM
    Okay voter, let's not talk about the race card. If you all are too uncomfortable to walk in a place full of black people, then just don't walk in. You all are wanting to change the subject on this blog and it is about an election. If you want to comment about to many blacks at the school board then let's discuss this one when it is about the schoolboard issue. The election closes is what the discussion was about. There are more places of business fill with a bunch of white people then there are places filled with black people. By the way, the truth will come out in the end.
  • by voter Location: north meridian on Jun 6, 2009 at 07:41 AM
    to anewvoice: I read from your comments that you think only white people can be racist. I find that the shoe is more and more on the other foot.
  • by anewvoice Location: meridian on Jun 6, 2009 at 06:42 AM
    It is what it is and have a nice day!
  • by christian Location: meridian ward 3 on Jun 5, 2009 at 04:58 PM
    to a new voice. i have nothing else to say to you as i did on the bland, barry takes nexts steps comments. but i will think of something like the fact that it is you that seems to be a racist. you do not define a racist by what they say but by what they feel towards them. if i did not mention this before in my last comment to you i am a bi-racial person of both black and white decent so therefore do not even take the time to call me a racist
  • by anewvoice Location: meridian on Jun 5, 2009 at 07:50 AM
    Chappy Sinclair! What do you mean an office like that! You are all the first ones to say it is not about race, but yet you go on to make racist comments! Unless you know how hard people work or walk a mile in their shoes, you need to be very careful what you say. These kind of remarks can really get things started up in the wrong direction. There are blacks that work extremely hard and serve the people well. So unless you all want to do the job yourselves, stop bringing up the race card when it suites you.
  • by Chappy Sinclair Location: Meridian on Jun 4, 2009 at 08:04 PM
    Quote from Fair Representation: "No one seemed to know how to help me. I was also shocked to find that the office had only African Americans." Coincidence? More than likely it's not that no one knew how to help, it's that they did not care to help. When you walk into an office like that, that's exactly what you are going to get 10 out of 10 times in Meridian. Sad but true.
  • by anewvoice Location: meridian on Jun 4, 2009 at 10:56 AM
    This is to the comment made by Fair representation: This color issue you seemed to be having a problem with is probably due to the fact that over 70% of the school system is black and many of the whites have gone on to other districts like Lauderdale County. Be careful how you point fingers at a majority one race district. To be honest, this is the first district that I have come to to be predominately black, all others have been majority white. Regardless, I did not have a problem with it. You cannot eliminate a race that is choosing not to be there. Please, do your homework, and you will find that the blacks are not trying to eliminate anyone.
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