July 17, 2017 10:03:19 AM
Caledonia's lone voting precinct will be buzzing again Tuesday for the second time in the 2017 municipal election cycle.
Town Hall will be open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. for voters to cast ballots for mayor and aldermen.
The town's election commission threw out a June 6 election for the same positions and called for a new one, after multiple recounts of paper ballots yielded varying results and commission chair Ken Byars admitted to mishandling the ballot box. Since then, Byars and longtime member Mildred Wiggins -- citing a conflict from being the aunt of mayoral candidate Mitch Wiggins -- resigned from the election commission, leaving it with three members.
Incumbent Mayor Bill Lawrence will try to stave off Mitch Wiggins' challenge on Tuesday.
First elected in 2005, Lawrence is seeking his third overall, and second consecutive, term. Wiggins served as an alderman from 2013-17.
The June 6 vote between the candidates was too close to call, with two of three counts showing Lawrence with leads of two and one votes, respectively, while another count showed the race tied.
Aldermen candidates are Tammy McCool, Quinn Parham (incumbent), Matt Furnari, Bill Darnell (incumbent), Tyler Brock, Buzzy Vizgard, Matt Atkins, Nick Jackson and Tim Butler.
The top five vote-getters among the nine will earn spots on the town's board of aldermen.
1. CRA distances itself from Realtor's 'threatening' letters to Burns Bottom property owners COLUMBUS & LOWNDES COUNTY
2. Developer agrees to purchase Lee for $450K COLUMBUS & LOWNDES COUNTY
3. Dispatch earns 16 Press Association awards COLUMBUS & LOWNDES COUNTY
4. 'This is a place for miracles': Church formerly on the brink of condemnation celebrates fresh start STARKVILLE & OKTIBBEHA COUNTY
5. Greco joins Dispatch as government reporter COLUMBUS & LOWNDES COUNTY