OKOLONA – Okolona’s first African-American mayor will be its next mayor.
Sherman Carouthers, who led the Chickasaw County city from 2001-2009, edged Sidney “Jerry” Morgan 539-501 in the unofficial vote in Tuesday’s Democratic primary run-off.
“I think the voters saw the leadership skills I have,” Carouthers said. “In the eight years I was away from office, I earned two degrees and spent time with the people.
“I want to bring an administration to embrace diversity and embrace our history.”
The mayoral race was just one of five runoffs in Okolona.
Tommy James Ivy Sr. is the presumptive winner of the Town Marshal race, edging William “Booman” Randle 519-511. Those figures will likely change Wednesday at 10 a.m. when the Democratic Executive Committee meets to count the 26 affidavit ballots.
The closest race was for the Ward 4 Alderman post. Incumbent Regina Pickens held a slim 91-90 lead over Imogene Pickens in the unofficial vote. In Ward 3, Kelvin Stanfield appeared to win the alderman race for the open seat, with 100 votes to 74 of Rubbie Jenkins.
Shirley Boggan beat Melissa Hamlett 101-72 in the race to earn the open Ward 6 alderman seat.
The incumbent mayor and police chief were voted out in the primary, as was the Ward 1 alderman.