Elections heat up in Bay, Pass, Díhead
By Dwayne Bremer
Jan 25, 2013, 17:30
Candidates for municipal offices in Bay St. Louis, Pass Christian, and Diamondhead have begun qualifying for their respective May 7 party primaries, and many more are expected to qualify over the next 45 days.
The qualifying period for each city ends on March 8.
Party-affiliated candidates are required to declare their affiliations and pay a small fee prior to running.
Independent candidates must get 50 signatures from constituents in their respective voting districts before qualifying. The winners of the respective primaries will take on each other and any independent candidates at the general election on June 4.
So far, more than a dozen candidates have qualified in the three respective elections.
Bay St. Louis.
Incumbent Mayor Les Fillingame (D) and incumbent councilmen Bobby Compretta (D), Ward Four, and Joey Boudin (D), Ward Five, will all be seeking re-election. Jeff Harding (R) has qualified for councilman-at-large.
Current Councilman-At-Large Bill Taylor announced Friday that he will not be seeking re-election.
Incumbent Mayor Leo "Chipper" McDermott (R) will be seeking his third term and incumbent Ward Three Councilman Anthony Hall (D) has also qualified. In Ward One, Buddy Clark (R) has qualified for the alderman seat.
This year's Diamondhead election will be the first in the fledgling city's history.
Diamondhead became a city in 2012 and due to rules regarding its incorporation, had to have a mayor and council in place when it officially became a city.
Current Mayor Charles Ingraham is the only candidate to qualify so far.
In the city council races, current Councilman Henry Holcomb (Ward One), Dianne Ackerman (Ward Two), Ron Rech (Ward Four) and Ernie Knobloch (Alderman-At-Large) have qualified.
Challengers Michael Schaefer (Ward Three), and Jeffrey Chasttain (Ward Four) have qualified as well.
All of the candidates to qualify in Diamondhead so far are Republicans.