Election of city leaders in Columbus, Starkville and West Point, along with positions in the town of Caledonia, are set for Tuesday, with polls in all four municipalities open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
In Columbus, voters will choose a mayor from among Democratic incumbent Robert Smith and his independent challengers Keith Gaskin and Montrell Coburn. Additionally, voters in Ward 1 will choose a new councilwoman between Democratic incumbent Ethel Stewart and independent challenger Kallie Phillips. In Ward 3, where current Councilman Charlie Box plans to step down, voters will choose between Democrat Sally Brown Tate, Republican Rusty Greene and independent Kori Bridges. In Ward 4, the council position will be decided between independent incumbent Pierre Beard Sr. and former Ward 4 Councilman Marty Turner, a Democrat.
Councilmen Joseph Mickens and Stephen Jones, of Wards 2 and 5 respectively, are running unopposed, as is Ward 6 candidate Jacqueline DiCicco, who beat incumbent Bill Gavin in the Republican primary in April.
For a list of polling locations and to view a ward map, visit the Voting Information page on the city of Columbus’ website at thecityofcolumbusms.org/229/Voting-Information.
In Starkville, candidates will battle in Wards 1, 2, 4 and 5. In Ward 1, Republican incumbent Ben Carver is facing Democratic challenger Christine Williams, while in Ward 2 Democratic incumbent Sandra Sistrunk will face Republican challenger Brice Stubbs. In Ward 4, voters will decide between Democrat Mike Brooks and Republican Kevin Daniels. The winner will replace current alderman Jason Walker, who decided not to run again. Ward 5 will see a contest between Democratic incumbent Hamp Beatty and Republican challenger Anna Chaney.
Mayor Lynn Spruill is running unopposed, as are incoming candidate for Ward 3 Jeffrey Rupp, incumbent Ward 6 Alderman Roy A. Perkins and incumbent Ward 7 Alderman Henry Vaughn.
A list of polling places in the city and a ward map are on the city’s website at cityofstarkville.org/116/Elections.
In West Point, Democrat Rod Bobo and independent Homer Ryland, Jr. will compete to replace outgoing Mayor Robbie Robinson, who chose not to run for re-election. Meanwhile, Selectmen Leta Turner, William Binder, Ken Poole, Keith McBrayer and Jasper Pittman, of Wards 1-5 respectively, are all running unopposed.
All voters will cast their ballots at The Civic Center at 130 Sixth St.
Caledonia residents will choose a mayor and new board of aldermen. The mayoral race comes down to Betty Darnell and Quinn Parham, who will replace current Mayor Mitch Wiggins. Wiggins is running for an alderman position along with Amanda Boltwood, Jason Chrest, William Darnell, Matt Furnari, Robert Linn Jacobs, Tammy McCool and Joey Pounders.
Caledonia aldermen are elected at-large, meaning the top five vote-getters will make up the new board.
Caledonia’s lone polling location is the Caledonia Community Center located at 205 South St.
WHERE DO I VOTE?
- Your polling location is listed on your voter registration card.
- If you don’t have your card, visit your city’s elections webpage.
- If you’re still unsure, call your city elections office at 662-328-2381 in Columbus or 662-323-4813 in Starkville.
- All West Point residents vote at The Civic Center on Sixth Street. All Caledonia residents vote at the Caledonia Community Center on South Street.