First of two hearings on mayoral contest set for today 

From left: Starkville Mayor Lynn Spruill and Democratic challenger Johnny Moore

SDN Editor

Monday is a day shy of a year since Lynn Spruill was sworn in as mayor of the city of Starkville, but the challenge over the election results against challenger Johnny Moore has yet to be decided. 

A hearing is set for 9 a.m. today that requires the voting boxes and Starkville Election Commissioners to be present, according to Oktibbeha County Circuit Court records. 

A second hearing is set for July 20 at 10 a.m. in the Oktibbeha County Circuit Court Annex Building, which could see a potential ruling from the bench. 

Special Judge Barry Ford previously said he has a total of 10 ballots in question. Those ballots include eight affidavit ballots and one absentee being challenged by Moore’s team and one absentee being challenged by Spruill’s team.

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Ford already ruled he would accept one of the ballots challenged by Moore’s team.

Spruill was certified as the winner of the mayoral race by seven votes last May and became the city’s first female mayor. 

She was sworn in on July 3

Moore immediately challenged the results, which led to Ford being appointed by the Mississippi Supreme Court to oversee the case.

The Starkville Daily News will provide live updates on Twitter during the hearing at @Starkvilledaily.