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Three running for At-large Alderman


At-large Alderman

The race for Alderman-at-large involving three candidates will bring excitement to the Wesson municipal election on June 8 in which incumbent Mayor Alton Shaw and four Ward Aldermen will run unopposed.


"Everyone needs to get out and vote," affirms Wesson Town Clerk Angela Hester. "Not only will there be closely contested Alderman-at-large race, but municipal elections are important because local officials make the decisions related to the things closest to our day-to-day lives."


Incumbent Stephen Ashley will face former Alderman Van Graham and Mark Douglas in the contentious Alderman-at-large race. In addition to Shaw, Aldermen Larry Hall (Ward 1), Jarrad Ashley (Ward 2), Billy Ellison (Ward 3) and Michael King (Ward 4) are running in the unopposed races. Because Wesson municipal candidates run as independents, they vie only in a general election with no preliminary primary election.


City Hall, rather than the American Legion Hall, will be the polling place for the election since it will be held for selecting municipal officials only. The poll will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.


Wesson residents who will be at least 18 years old before June 8 can register to vote at City Hall or with Copiah County Circuit Clerk Edna Stevens through May 10 if they are not already registered or need to change their registrations. Wesson City Hall is open Monday thru Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and will be open Saturday, May 8, from 8 a.m. to 12 noon for voter registration. Applications for absentee ballots will be available at City Hall on April 8.


At their February meeting, Wesson Aldermen named three commissioners to oversee the election: Alena Hughes, Chad Sills and Sabrina Brown.


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