State Politics

Who’s running for city offices? Several Coast mayors face challengers

Election commissioners Judy and Frank Gaupp check a bag for absentee ballots at Diamondhead City Hall in 2013.
Election commissioners Judy and Frank Gaupp check a bag for absentee ballots at Diamondhead City Hall in 2013. jcfitzhugh@sunherald.com File

There is a lot of competition for city offices this year. Only Waveland, which is in a different election cycle, won’t have an election.

The qualifying deadline for candidates was 5 p.m. Friday. Here is everyone who qualified:

Biloxi

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich has two challengers: Republican Jess Kennedy in the May 2 primary and Democrat Sugar Stallings in the June 6 general.

In Ward 1, incumbent Democrat George Lawrence will face Republican William Kai Landry in the general election. In Ward 2, incumbent Democrat Felix O. Gines will face Charlie Clay III and Tracey D. Smith in the Democratic primary. The winner will face Republican Ronald Weeks in the general election.

In Ward 3, incumbent Republican Dixie Newman is unopposed. In Ward 4, incumbent Robert L. Deming III will face Rodney McGilvary in the Republican primary. In Ward 5, incumbent Republican Paul Tisdale is unopposed, as is incumbent Republican Kenny J. Glavan Sr. in Ward 6. In Ward 7, Republicans Johnny Fayard and Nathan Barrett are running for the seat held by David Fayard, who isn’t seeking re-election.

Gulfport

Mayor Billy Hewes is unopposed in his bid for a second term.

In Ward 1, incumbent Democrat Kenneth L. “Truck” Casey will face Johnny Sanders and Maurice Bryant in the primary. There are no Republican candidates.

In Ward 2, incumbent Republican Ricky E. Dombrowski will face Ron P. Roland and Rebecca M. Barrow in the primary. The winner will face the winner of the Democratic primary between Robert Williams and Francis Alainia Robinson.

In Ward 3, incumbent Democrat Ella Holmes-Hines will face Monica Croutch Walker in the Democratic primary. There are no Republicans.

Unopposed incumbent Republicans include F.B. “Rusty” Walker IV in Ward 4, Myles Sharp in Ward 5 and Cara Lero Pucheu in Ward 7. In Ward 6, incumbent Republican Robert “R.Lee” Flowers faces Ron Harmon in the primary. There are no Democrats.

Long Beach

There is a crowded field running to replace Mayor Billy Skellie, who is retiring. Those running are George Bass, Leonard Carrubba, Lynda Giuffria, Ronnie Hammons Jr., Kevin Ivan Nelson and Gary J. Ponthieux, all Republicans.

Republican Donald Frazer is unopposed for the alderman-at-large seat held by Carrubba.

In Ward 1, Robert E. Kennedy and Ron Robertson will face off in the Republican primary to replace Ponthieux. In Ward 2, Republican incumbent Bernie Parker will face John M. Ruth and Shane Walker in the primary. There are no Democrats.

In Ward 3, incumbent Republican Kelly Griffin will face Stan Snodgrass in the primary. There are no Democrats.

In Ward 4, Republicans David Braud Sr. and Timothy Gene McCaffrey Jr. are running to replace Hammons. There are no Democrats.

In Ward 5, incumbent Republican Mark Lishen is unopposed.

In Ward 6, Tricia Bennett, Junior L. Husband and James Rodney Johnson are running in the Republican primary to replace Alan Young, who died this week.

Pascagoula

In Pascagoula, Republican Dane Maxwell, Democrat Jenafer Gurley and independent Lazaro J. Rovira will meet in the general election to replace Mayor Jim Blevins, who isn’t seeking re-election.

Republicans Brenda H. Simkins, the incumbent, and Jennifer Colmer will meet in the primary for the at-large seat. There are no Democrats.

In Ward 1, Democrats Willie Edward Sims and Willie C. Jones will meet in the primary. The winner will face independent Harold Payne in the general election to replace Marvin L. Pickett Sr.

In Ward 2, incumbent Democrat Freddy L. Jackson will face Republican George L. Wolverton Sr. in the general election.

In Ward 3, incumbent Republican David Tadlock will face Stephen Burrow in the primary. The winner will face independent Marcel A. Kinnard in the general.

In Ward 4, incumbent Republican Burton L. “Burt” Hill is being challenged by Forrest “Fainn” Ball Jr. and Matt Parker in the primary. There are no Democrats.

In Ward 5, incumbent Republican Scott Tipton is challenged in the primary by M. Gentry Williams. There are no Democrats.

Pass Christian

Mayor Leo “Chipper” McDermott will face Theodore Lawyer, who didn’t list a political party, in the general election. Republican Kenny Torgeson is unopposed for alderman-at-large, Republican Buddy Clarke is unopposed in Ward 1, Democrat Anthony Hall is unopposed in Ward 3 and Republican Victor Pickich is unopposed in Ward 4.

In Ward 2, Regina Charlot and W. Earl Washington will face off in the Democratic primary. There are no Republicans running in the ward.

Diamondhead

Republican Mayor Thomas “Tommy” Schafer is being challenged in the GOP primary by John “Red Socks” Fletcher and Councilmember-at-large Ernie Knobloch.

Republicans Lindsay “Tink” L’Ecuyer and Carl Necaise will vie to replace Knobloch in the primary.

In Ward 1, incumbent Republican Nancy Depreo is challenged by Vincent “Vince” Principe in the primary. In Ward 2, incumbent Republican Tom Woolbright is being challenged in the primary by Alan Moran. In Ward 3, Republicans Joy Dinella, Jamie Wetzell Morgan and Donald Silcio Jr. will vie for the seat held by Thomas A. Sislow.

In Ward 4, incumbent Republican Ron Rech will face Kenneth Edmonds Jr., Kodie Koenenn and Jesse Maxwell in the primary.

There are no Democrats running for Diamondhead city offices so all the primary winners will win the office.

Bay St. Louis

Democratic Mayor Les M. Fillingame Sr. is being challenged in the primary by Mike Favre and Rachael Ramsey. The winner will face Republican Jeff Harding in the general election.

Democrats T.J. Collier, Greg Farve, Dwayne “Double D” Bremer and Michael “Mike” Weems are running for the at-large seat held by Favre. The winner will face Republican Gary Knoblock and independent Susan M. “Susie” Veglia in the general.

In Ward 1, independent incumbent Doug Seal will face Republican George Williams in the general election.

In Ward 2, incumbent Democrat Wendy McDonald will face Carol A. Strohmetz in the primary. The winner will face Republican Eugene “Gene” J. Hoffman IV in the general.

In Ward 3, incumbent Democrat Jeffrey J. Reed will face Kevin Paul Avery in the primary. There are no Republicans running.

In Ward 4, Democrats Gisele Marie Bradley and Tad Black and Republicans Larry Smith and Kyle Lewis will meet in their party’s primaries. The winners will meet in the general election to replace Bobby Compretta, who isn’t running.

In Ward 5, incumbent Democrat Joey Boudin will meet Republican Buddy Zimmerman in the general election.

In Ward 6, incumbent independent Lonnie Falgout will meet the winner of the Republican primary between Hunter Adam and Josh DeSalvo.

Ocean Springs

Incumbent Democratic Mayor Connie Moran will meet Shea Dobson in the general election.

At-large Alerman Bobby Cox, a Republican, is unopposed.

In Ward 1, incumbent Republican John Gill will face Robert “Bob” Briggs in the primary. The winner will face Democrat Roxanne Samies in the general.

In Ward 2, Republicans Heather Eason and Ricky Authemant will meet in the primary. The winner will face Democrat Michael Pleasant in the general to replace Matt McDonnell, who isn’t running.

In Ward 3, incumbent Republican Chic Cody will face Joseph Bellman Jr. and Ken Foley in the primary. There are no Democrats so the primary winner takes the seat.

In Ward 4, Republicans Ken Papania and Tommy Reynolds Jr. will meet in the primary. The winner will face Democrat Elizabeth Feder-Hosey in the general for the seat held by Greg Denyer, who isn’t running.

In Ward 5, Democrat Matthew Pavlov and Republican Robert Blackman will meet in the general election for the seat held by Jerry Dalgo, who isn’t running.

In Ward 6, incumbent Mike Impey is unopposed.

Gautier

Mayor Gordon Gollott will be opposed in the Republican primary by Phil Torjusen. There are no Democrats, so the primary decides that race.

In Ward 1, incumbent Republican Johnny F. Jones will face Cameron B. George in the primary with the winner running against Democrat Paul Ceasar in the general.

Democratic Ward 2 Councilman Tobey L. Bartee will face Troylynn Harvey, Richard “DJ” Jackson, and Anthony York in the primary with the winner taking the seat.

Ward 3 Casey Vaughan, a Democrat, is unopposed.

Ward 4 Councilman Charles “Rusty” Anderson, a Republican, will face Democrat Billy Raysell Booth in the general election.

Ward 5 Adam Colledge, a Republican, is unopposed.

Councilman-at-large Eloise A. Fairley faces Mary F. Martin and Pat Walters in the GOP primary, a race that will decide the seat.

Moss Point

For mayor, Democrats Houston Cunningham, Isaiah (Ike) Hayes, Jhai Keeton, Mario King, Billy E. Knight Sr., Aneice Liddell and Richard McBride will meet in the primary. The winner will face Mayor Billy Broomfield, an independent, Republican John Mosley Jr. and independents Wanda Williams and Timothy “Mr. Dubs” Dubose in the general election.

For alderman-at-large, Shirley Dubose Chambers, David E. Chapman Sr., Sharon Smith and Martha Watjus will meet in the Democratic primary with the winner taking the seat now held by Cunningham because there are no Republicans.

In Ward 1, the winner of the Democratic primary between Sherwood Bradford and incumbent James C. Smith will take the seat because no Republicans are running.

In Ward 2, Democrats, Alexander Brown, Ruby Hill and incumbent Chuck Redmond will meet in the primary. Again, no Republicans are running.

In Ward 3, Democrats Charlotte Bardwell-Brown, incumbent Robert H. Byrd Jr., Pamela Pickett Dubose and James (DJ) Byrd will meet in the primary. There are no Republicans.

In Ward 4, Willie Mena Martin, Ennit Morris and Norris L. Wells will meet in the Democratic primary to replace incumbent Shirley Chambers, who isn’t running. No Republicans are running so the primary decides the race.

In Ward 5, David E. Biggs, Floyd A. Downs, Shirley Mass and Jerry Asiel Thompson will meet in the Democratic primary with the winner meeting incumbent Republican Linwood Grierson in the general.

In Ward 6, independent Gary Wayne Lennep, the incumbent, and Robert Walker will meet in the general election.

D’Iberville

There are three races for D’Iberville City Council.

Mayor Rusty Quave is unopposed, as are incumbents At-Large Councilman Joey Bosarge and Randall Pelous in Ward 1.

In Ward 2, Republicans incumbent Henry Toncrey Jr. and Bill Hancock will decide that race in the primary as will incumbent Craig Diaz and former councilman Teddy Harder in Ward 3. Incumbent Robby Ellis will face Todd Echelberry and former Councilman Stephen Furney in Ward 4.

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