TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) — Two members of the Tupelo City Council lost their bids for re-election Tuesday in municipal primary runoffs.
Republican Janet Gaston defeated Ward 6 Councilman Mike Bryan by getting 60 percent of the vote. She will face Democrat Rasheeda Iyanda in the June general election.
Democrat Rosie Jones beat Ward 7 Councilman Willie Jennings with her taking 55 percent of the vote. Jones will replace Jennings on the City Council since all the candidates in that race ran as Democrats.
The closest runoff was the GOP primary in Ward 1. Chad Mims is the unofficial winner over Amanda Angle by just 27 votes. Mims will take on Democrat Geraldine Brinkley in June. Incumbent Markel Whittington opted to run for mayor instead of seeking another four years on the City Council.
Tuesday's runoffs ensured there will be at least three new members and three women on the City Council. Democratic Ward 4 Councilwoman Nettie Davis won another term in the April 6 primary since her lone primary challenger died before the election.
Elsewhere, voters in Macon elected a new mayor by overwhelmingly giving the job to Alderman At Large Buz McGuire in the Democratic runoff.
Former Louisville Police Chief L.M. Claiborne Jr. won the Democratic runoff to become the city's new alderman at large.
And Ripley Mayor Chris Marsalis lost the Republican runoff for alderman at large to Barry Cook by only 29 votes. Alderman At Large Jon Grisham was unopposed in his bid to become the new mayor.