Greenwood City Council incumbents in Wards 4, 5 and 7 retained their seats with easy wins in Tuesday’s primaries.
Ward 4’s Charles McCoy received 72% of the 318 votes cast in the ward on Tuesday, according to the unofficial results.
His opponent, Sammy Foster, 60, an insurance agent who served on the Greenwood Leflore Hospital Board from 1998 until 2019, received 27%.
“I think the results came out pretty good,” said McCoy, 60, produce manager at Greenwood Market Place.
He said the turnout Tuesday seemed pretty slow but said he will continue to serve the residents of Ward 4. McCoy was first elected in 2005.
In Ward 5, incumbent Andrew Powell received 76% of the 277 votes cast. His opponent, Lavoris Weathers, 54, an employee at Life Help and founder of the anti-gun-violence group Operation Peace Treaty, received 23%.
After winning, Powell, 69, said he was “exhausted and tired from campaigning” but had no further comment.
A retired member of the U.S. Army and former employee for East Leflore Water and Sewer District and a former road manager for Leflore County, Powell was first elected in 2014.
In Ward 7, incumbent Carl Palmer claimed 72% of the 246 votes. Charles Brown, 45, an assistant principal at Greenwood High School, received 27%.
“I’m elated that I got reelected,” Palmer said. “I believe the residents in Ward 7 realized how hard I work to give them effective and efficient representation at City Hall.”
Palmer, 72, a former principal at Leflore County Elementary School who is retired from the U.S. Army, was first elected in 1989. He was defeated in 2005 but then reclaimed his seat in 2009.
The unofficial results released Tuesday night include the absentee ballots. There were 58 absentee ballots in Ward 4, 110 in Ward 5 and 49 in Ward 7.
Robert Sims, the chairman of the Leflore County Democratic Executive Committee, said affidavits will be counted Wednesday morning, although there are not enough to affect the results.
There are 10 affidavit ballots in Ward 4, seven in Ward 5 and five in Ward 7.
At each of the three voting precincts — the fire station on Main Street for Ward 4, the Greenwood Community & Recreation Center on Elm Street for Ward 5 and the Boys & Girls Club on Carrollton Avenue for Ward 7 — volunteers wearing shirts and holding signs featuring candidates’ names could be seen.
Both volunteers and candidates had said the turnout had been rather slow when asked a few hours before the polls closed at 7 p.m.
Annie Foster, the wife of Ward 4 candidate Sammy Foster, who was holding a Foster sign at the corner of Main and Church streets, said, “It’s been slow most of the day. I don’t know if people voted absentee ballots or not.”
Outside the Ward 5 precinct, Weathers was handing out T-shirts bearing his name. “It’s been kind of slow, but I like the turnout,” he said. “You just got to work with it.”
At the Ward 7 precinct, Robert Wilson Jr., who worked on Charles Brown’s campaign, said, “It’s been pretty slow but steady.” He added that the turnout was lower than he expected given the significance of electing a new city leader.
Because no candidates qualified to run in other parties or as independents, McCoy, Powell and Palmer will retain their seats. Elections for the rest of the wards as well as for mayor will be held June 8.
Those running are:
- Mayor: Carolyn McAdams, the incumbent, and Nathan Wright, a coach at North New Summit School and writer for the Mississippi News Network, are running as independents.
Kenderick Cox, a ninth grade STEM teacher at Greenwood High School, is running as a Democrat.
- Ward 1: Johnny Jennings, the Republican incumbent, who works as a photographer and owns property throughout town, and Anthony Gary, a Democrat who is a school attendance officer for the Mississippi Department of Education.
- Ward 2: Incumbent Lisa Cookston, a Republican and former English teacher at Mississippi Delta Community College, faces no opposition.
- Ward 3: Incumbent Ronnie Stevenson, the current council president and manager of Credit Plan, a finance company in Greenwood, and Nick Onyshko, an independent who teaches seventh grade math at Greenwood Middle School.
- Ward 6: Dorothy Glenn, a Democrat who runs a convenience store and who represented Ward 5 for more than a year until she was removed in 2014 over a residential dispute, faces no opposition.
Council members have an annual salary of $16,500, and the mayor’s salary is $78,000.
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