Miss. mayoral primaries narrow candidate fields

May 9, 2013 in News, Statewide News, Top Stories

Most Mississippi cities elect mayors this year, and party primaries Tuesday narrowed the fields of candidates.

Primary runoffs are May 21. The general election is June 4, with mayoral terms beginning July 1. A candidate must win 50 percent plus one to avoid a runoff, and otherwise the top two vote-getters advance.

In Vicksburg, The Vicksburg Post was reporting late Tuesday that Rep. George Flaggs, Jr., was easily leading five other Democratic candidates with all 11 precincts reporting. Unofficial results showed Flaggs had 2,590 votes, Linda Fondren had 1,515 and first-term Mayor Paul Winfield had 402.

Lawsuit: Race used improperly in redistricting

October 1, 2012 in News, Statewide News

The Hinds County Republican Party and the county’s only white supervisor are suing four black county supervisors, charging race was used improperly as a factor in redrawing district voting lines.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Jackson, claims the majority-black Hinds County Board of Supervisors used “impermissible racial considerations” when redrawing district lines.