HOUSTON – Voters put incumbent city leaders back into office as Tony Uhiren and Frank Thomas reclaimed their seats on the Houston Board of Alderman.
Neither race was close in the only two contested races in Chickasaw County that pitted Republicans and Democrats in municipal elections June 4.
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 98 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.”
Thomas said his signs and his campaign cards reflected his goals and focus as alderman.
“Integrity, character and honesty is what I ran on,” said Thomas. “That hasn’t changed since the first day I took office and it won’t change now.”
Burgess-Southerland said she had no comment on Tuesday’s election but did tell election officials Tuesday night she wanted a recount.
Uhiren thanked those who voted for him and said he looks forward to continuing many of the projects the city has started.
“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.
“Running for public office is a humbling experience,” he added. “I hope I always have the knowledge and wisdom to lead Houston in the direction it should go.”
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 in the June 4 Houston municipal General Election were:
• Mayor Stacey Parks – 307 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 – 302 votes in four wards.
• City Marshal Billy Voyles – 303 votes in four wards.
City election officials gathered at City Hall Wednesday to canvas the vote and certify the election.
One affidavit ballot in Ward 3 was deemed proper and added to the count. An affidavit ballot in Ward 1 and Ward 3 were not approved. Election commissioners pointed out no election was close and affidavit ballots would not have changed the outcome of any race.
Houston City Clerk Bobby Sanderson said voter turnout in the June 4 election was light and voting went smoothly.
Houston has approximately 2,555 residents of voting age divided into four wards of approximately 630 voters each.
Candidates have 12 days to examine boxes related to their election and have 20 days from Tuesday’s election to formally contest the results in Circuit Court.
Okolona, Houlka and Woodland had no contested races last week.
Okolona candidates elected this spring, their party and if they are incumbents are:
• Mayor Louise Cole, Democrat, incumbent .
• Ward 1 Alderman Kenneth McVay, Democrat, incumbent.
• Ward 2 Alderman Bennett Moore, Democrat, incumbent.
• Ward 3 Alderman Eldridge Lowe Democrat, incumbent
• Ward 4 Alderman Regina Pickens, Democrat.
• Ward 5 Alderman Mary Gates, Democrat.
• Ward 6 Alderman Anthony Floyd, Democrat, incumbent.
• City Marshal Willie C. Moore, Democrat.
Woodland candidates elected this spring their party and if they are incumbents are:
• Mayor Patti Watkins, Independent, incumbent.
• Alderman Linda Dendy, Independent, incumbent.
• Alderman Lorene Hamilton, Independent, incumbent.
• Alderman Reta Laney, Independent, incumbent.
• Alderman Margaret Nelson, Independent, incumbent.
• Alderman Jo Bullard, Independent.
Houlka candidates elected this spring their party and if they are incumbents are:
• Mayor Jimmy Kelly, Independent, incumbent.
• Alderman Beverly Davidson, Independent, incumbent.
• Alderman K.C. Gates, Independent, incumbent.
• Alderman Kim Murphree, Independent, incumbent.
• Alderman David Wiggs, Independent, incumbent.
• Alderman Dustin Eaton, Independent.
All candidates elected this spring will take their seat during their first city board meeting in July.
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.