Long Beach voters heading to polls for municipal elections
By Andy Kanengiser
Every four years, Long Beach voters go to the polls to decide key municipal elections. Round one, the Republican primary, is set for April 6.
The February 5 deadline for candidates to file has passed. It’s left Long Beach residents with several options for some of the Republican incumbents in City Hall.
Long Beach Mayor George L. Bass is seeking re-election for another four-year term. He faces opponent John M. Ruth in the Republican primary.
Other important dates worth noting in Mississippi’s 2021 municipal election cycle: runoffs are set for April 27. The general election is scheduled for Tuesday, June 8.
In other city contests, incumbent Alderman-At-Large Donald Frazer will face GOP opponent Allen D. Holder, Jr.
There are three Long Beach residents in the hunt to be the City alderman in Ward 1. They are: incumbent Ronald Robertson and challengers John W. Shupe and Patrick Bennett.
There’s a two-man battle for City alderman in Long Beach’s Ward 2. Challenger Shane Walker faces incumbent Bernie D. Parker.
In Ward 6, Junior Husband, Peter L. McGoey and Owen McNally are the three candidates seeking the post.
Elsewhere, incumbent Aldermen Angela “Angie’’ Johnson (of Ward 3), and Timothy McCaffrey Jr. (of Ward 4) are running unopposed. In Ward 5, Mayor Pro Tempore Mark Lishen didn’t seek re-election. He’s served on the board for over sixteen years. Candidate Mike Brown is without opposition for the Ward 5 post.
In addition, eight Long Beach residents filed qualifying statements to serve on the city’s Republican Executive Committee. They are: Frankie Castiglia, Barbara Ellerman, Phillip Kies, R.D. “Bobby’’ Ladner, Susan Molesworth, Tommy Moulton, Charles “Chuck’’ Williams and Kay Dywana Sawyer.
There were no names filed for the Democrat Executive Committee in Long Beach.
Voter registration cards issued by the Harrison County Circuit Clerk’s Office will help voters determine their correct precincts to cast ballots in the upcoming elections.