Otis, Taylor qualify for re-election ballot

By Philip Moulden

Daily Journal

Tupelo Mayor Larry Otis and Ward 2 City Councilman George Taylor have joined the list of qualifiers for re-election in May and June balloting.

Both are Republicans.

Otis will be seeking his first full term after winning a special election in late 1999 to fill the unexpired term of former Republican Mayor Glenn McCullough Jr. Otis outran a field of eight other candidates in the nonpartisan special balloting to claim the final 18 months of McCullough's term.

McCullough resigned the mayor's post after being named a member of the Tennessee Valley Authority board of directors.

Otis, 62, has a wide business and community background. He was vice president of community development for Community Enterprises Inc. before running for the mayor's seat and formerly served as director of the Itawamba Community College Tupelo campus, as director of the Appalachian Regional Commission Mississippi office, and executive director of the Tombigbee River Valley Water Management District.

He was also instrumental in forming the Historic Downtown Neighborhood Association.

Taylor, 60, captured the Ward 2 seat in 1997 by winning a three-way race in the Republican primary.

He had no opposition in the general election.

Taylor, vice president of finance for Reed Manufacturing Co., had not previously sought an elective office.

Qualifying for the city's seven ward and two at-large council seats and the mayor's post ends March 2.

Primary elections are set for May 1 with runoffs May 15, if needed. The general election is scheduled June 5.

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