Mayor, council candidates to spar at political forums in Bay, Díhead
By Dwayne Bremer
Apr 9, 2013, 18:12
Mayoral candidates in the cities of Diamondhead and Bay St. Louis will take center stage this week at political forums in their respective cities.
Today, the Diamondhead Community Association will host the first of three political forums over the next week.
Candidates for mayor and council-at-large will be featured during the event.
The forum will be held at the country club's Emerald Ballroom from 6-8 p.m.
There are four candidates for mayor in Diamondhead: Chuck Ingraham, Carl Necaise, and Tony Schafer will do battle in the Republican primary. The winner will face Independent John Fletcher in the general election.
Council-at-large candidates include Ernie Knobloch (R), Kenneth Edmonds (R), and Ken Overstreet (Constitutional).
Candidates in Ward One and Ward Two will have a chance to speak at a forum on Tuesday, April 16, and Wards Three and Four will have a forum on April 18.
In Bay St. Louis, the local chapter of the NAACP will host a political forum on Thursday at St. Rose De Lima's Holy Spirit Center.
The event begins at 6:30 p.m and all qualified candidates are invited to speak.
In addition to this week's forums, the Hancock County Alliance for Good Government will be hosting forums in Bay St. Louis and Diamondhead.
The Bay St. Louis event is scheduled for April 18 at the community center on Blaize Avenue and the Diamondhead event is scheduled for April 23 at the country club.
Both events begin at 7 p.m.
Absentee voting is also under way and will continue until Saturday May 4 at noon.
Mississippi elections are conducted on the party-primary system.
Winners of the respective primaries will face the other party's candidates and Independent candidates in the general election.
Independents do not have to go through the primary round of elections and are automatically listed on the general election ticket.
Voters can vote in either the Republican or Democratic primaries, but not both.
In Mississippi, voters do not have to register with a party, therefore voters can vote in any primary they wish.
If there is a runoff, voters who voted in the primary for one party, cannot vote in the opposite party's runoff.