TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) — Tupelo elected a new mayor on Tuesday after the incumbent decided not to run, and the longtime mayor of Columbus is losing in his re-election bid.
Republican Todd Jordan defeated Democrat Victor Fleitas to become Tupelo's new mayor and flipped the city's top elected job back to the GOP after Democrat Jason Shelton decided against another run for office.
Columbus Democratic Mayor Robert Smith is behind independent Keith Gaskin by 66 votes, but there are affidavit ballots that still must be counted to determine the winner.
Other new mayors elected included Corey Glenn in Amory, Betty Darnell in Caledonia, Marshall Coleman in Calhoun City, Eldridge Lowe in Okolona, Paul Lyles in Shannon and Phil Goodwin in Smithville.
Among the incumbents elected another four years as mayor are Chris Lindley of Booneville, Rudy Pope of Bruce, Will Hill of Louisville, Tim Kent of New Albany, Robyn Tannehill of Oxford and Bobby Williams of Verona.
Voters in the general election had to decide who should serve on city councils and boards of aldermen.
Incumbents Travis Beard, Lynn Bryan and Buddy Palmer won terms on the Tupelo City Council as did newcomers Chad Mims and Janet Gaston.
Columbus City Council incumbent Ethel Stewart won as did newcomer Rusty Green while incumbent Pierre Beard is holding a slim lead over former Councilman Marty Turner.
Starkville Aldermen Sandra Sistrunk and Hamp Beatty won along with newcomer Mike Brooks. Incumbent Ben Carver leads in his race, but absentee ballots must be counted Wednesday.
The race for alderman in Bruce's Ward 2 was tied with Johnny Armstrong and Percy Evans each finishing the night with 18 votes. City Clerk Rita Talford got one absentee ballot Wednesday, breaking the tie in favor of Armstrong. If that didn't decide the race, the race would have been settled by a coin flip.