The deadline for candidates to file their intent to run for aldermen or mayor in DeSoto County municipalities passed at 5 p.m. Friday, and now the real campaigning for the April 6 primary vote begins.
City clerks in DeSoto County cities and the Town of Walls have provided DeSoto County News their lists of candidates. Primary elections are functions of the political parties and they determine if a candidate actually qualifies to be on their primary ballot. Candidates had to take out papers, pay a filing fee, and submit signatures of voters in support of their candidacy, the deadline for which was 5 p.m. Friday.
NOTE FOR OLIVE BRANCH VOTERS: City Clerk Tina Griffith has informed DeSoto County News that all candidates who filed for election have been qualified by their respective party executive committees. Because there is no race with more than one candidate in a party primary, there will not be a primary election in Olive Branch. All of the qualified candidates will advance to the June general election.
FEB. 10 UPDATE: Beverly Work removed her name from consideration for an alderman position with the Town of Walls. Town Clerk Kathy Gordon says that removes the need for a primary election among Republicans for post. The list has been adjusted with Work’s departure.
Any runoff elections will be held on April 27.
The complete listing can be downloaded here: