Helena-West Helena's mayoral race has a full house as six candidates filed for the city's top executive position during the filing period that closed at noon Friday, August 15. The race features two former mayors and two candidates with city council experience.
Helena-West Helena’s mayoral race has a full house as six candidates filed for the city’s top executive position during the filing period that closed at noon Friday, August 15. The race features two former mayors and two candidates with city council experience.
The candidates are as they appear on the filling list provided by the county clerk’s office: James F. Valley, Marvin Jarrett, Shirley Davis Foreman, Jay Hollowell, Johnny Weaver and David Librace. Valley served as mayor of Helena-West Helena four years ago and Weaver was mayor of West Helena before it consolidated with Helena. Jarrett is a former council member and Hollowell currently serves on the council as representative of Ward 2, Position 2.
Almost every city position with the exception of city clerk drew opposition. Incumbent Sandi Ramsey is running unopposed for re-election. Vivian Holder and Don Etherly also are unchallenged for their respective Ward 5, Position 1 and Ward 5, Position 2 seats on the council.
Derrick Turner will challenge incumbent Patrick Roberson for city treasurer. Andre Valley will seek to retain the city attorney’s post he held during his brother James’ administration. Chalk Mitchell is the incumbent that he will face.
Eddie Clark Jr. and Ever Jean Ford will vie for the Ward 1, Position 1 seat on the council. Ward 1, Position 2 has developed into a 4-way race between Eddie Clark Sr., Edward “Buddy” Carter, Wanda Crockett, the incumbent, and Bruce Hudson.
In Ward 2, Incumbent Joe St. Columbia will face a challenge from LaSalle English for the position 1 slot. Three candidates will go head-to-head in the race for Position 2. They include: Billy McMillan, Adrian Messina and Dexter Miller.
The race in Ward 3 shapes up as a 3-way battle for Position 1 between Christopher Franklin, the incumbent, and challengers, Cedric Pride and Margie Blake. Lynn Corbitt will run against incumbent John Huff for Position 2.
In Ward 4, Larry Brown will be seeking to retain is Position 1 seat by warding off a challenge by Lewis O’Neal. Gracie Gonner will go up against the incumbent Monica Davis for Position 2.
The city elections will be held in the November 4 general election.