Uhiren, Thomas win city races

news-politics-election-stockHOUSTON – Voters sent incumbent aldermen back into office as Ward One Alderman Tony Uhiren and Ward Three Alderman Frank Thomas reclaimed their seat on the city board.

Neither race was close in the only two contested city races in Chickasaw County that pitted a Republican and Democrat.

Thomas ran as a Republican for his Ward 3 post and collected 78 votes to challenger and Democrat Patricia Burgess-Southerland’s 19 votes. There were 97 ballots cast on election day and three absentee ballots recorded in Ward 3.

Uhiren also ran as a Republican for his Ward 1 post and tallied 142 votes to Democratic challenger Bobby Mooneyham’s 73 votes. There were 205 ballots cast on election day and 15 absentee ballots recorded in Ward 1.

“This will be my third full term and I want to thank my supporters,” said Thomas. “I do want people to know, whether they voted for me or not, they can come to me with city concerns.”

Burgess-Southerland said she had no comment on Tuesday’s election but did tell election officials Tuesday night she wanted a recount.

“I hope I treat people the same whether they voted for me or not,” said Uhiren. “I really do appreciate them putting their confidence in me.”

Mooneyham said the campaign rekindled many friendships and he also thanked those who supported him at the polls.

“I really enjoyed going to people’s homes around town and seeing people I have not seen in a long time,” said Mooneyham.

Candidates running in uncontested races for municipal offices were:

• Mayor Stacey Park – 306 votes in four wards.

• Ward 2 Alderman Shenia Jones – 11 votes in one ward.

• Ward 4 Alderman Willie Mae McKinney – 26 votes in one ward.

• Alderman-At-Large Barry Springer – 301 votes in four wards.

• City Marshal Billy Voyles – 302 votes in four wards.

City election officials are slated to meet at 10 a.m. Wednesday at City Hall to canvas the votes and certify the election.

Questions or concerns about voting issues, policy and procedure for any election should be directed to the Secretary of State’s office at (601) 359-1350.

Questions or concerns about candidate qualifications, ethics and conduct while in office should be directed to the Attorney General’s Public Integrity Division at (601) 359-4258.

 

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