Election contest hearing rescheduled for July 13

Starkville Mayor Lynn Spruill (left) and Democratic mayoral candidate Johnny Moore will have their cases heard in court on Thursday, July 13 (courtesy)

The hearing before a special judge concerning Democratic mayoral candidate Johnny Moore's election contest against Starkville Mayor Lynn Spruill has been moved due to a scheduling conflict.

Former District 1 Circuit Judge Barry W. Ford was appointed by the Mississippi Supreme Court to oversee the case, which was originally scheduled for Tuesday, July 11.

Election Deputy Clerk Sheryl Elmore told the SDN Ford had a scheduling conflict that day and the date has been moved to Thursday, July 13.

Spruill has also filed a motion for dismissal of Moore's election contest, but was officially affirmed as the winner of the race by the Starkville Democratic Executive Committee in June and sworn in as mayor on Monday, July 3. She presided over her first Board of Aldermen meeting on Wednesday.

The hearing will be held at 10 a.m. in Oktibbeha County Circuit Court and will be open to the public.

Moore's legal team previously cited issues with numerous absentee and affidavit ballots, along with other concerns regarding the signature on the election agreement.

This is a developing story and the Starkville Daily News will have more information as it comes available.