Elections will be held in all four municipalities to include all elected government positions.
In Houston, the office of mayor, four district aldermen and one at-large and city marshal will be up for election. Okolona will see the election of mayor and six district aldermen.
In Houlka and Woodland, the office of mayor will be up for election as well as five seats for aldermen at-large.
Qualifying deadline for elected municipal offices is March 8 at 5 p.m. Applications may be picked up at and returned to the City Hall of the municipality in question. Candidates who intend to run under a political party will be required to pay a $10 application fee. Those who run as independents do not pay a fee, but are required to submit a petition with 50 signatures of qualified electors.
To qualify for municipal office, a candidate must be a registered voter of the municipality. Candidates may not have been convicted of a federal crime or certain Mississippi crimes defined as punishable by incarceration in a state penitentiary unless having received a full pardon. They also may not be convicted of a crime in another state that is considered a felony under Mississippi law.
School board elections in Houlka, Okolona
The Houston School Board of Trustees will not have an election this year, but an appointment will be forthcoming from the City of Houston. The term held by Daniel Heeringa is up for appointment this term. Any qualified voter residing within the city limits of Houston may make their interest known to the board through City Hall, preferably by letter.
In Okolona, the newly seated Board of Trustees will complete the existing terms of the former board. The term currently being fulfilled by Nancy Sullivan will be up for election this term.
Chickasaw County School District in Houlka will see the election of two trustees as the terms currently held by Pam Butler and Michelle Collums both expire.
Candidates for Board of Trustee must qualify by Jan. 21 at 5 p.m. at their respective school district office.
Elections of School Board of Trustee will be held March 2 in the school district.