By NATHAN GREGORY
Fewer than two weeks remain until the qualifying deadline for city elections.
In total, 11 Starkville residents have filed to run for alderman seats as of 5 p.m. Friday. Three people have filed to run for mayor. The deadline to qualify is 5 p.m. March 8. The primary election will be held May 7, and the general election will be June 4. If necessary, a run-off will be held May 21. New terms begin July 1.
Incumbent Parker Wiseman and former alderman Mary Lee Beal both filed to run as Democrats last month, as did Republican candidate Dan Moreland.
Republican incumbent Ben Carver is the only candidate in Ward 1.
In Ward 2, two Democrats have qualified for the seat — incumbent Sandra Sistrunk and Lisa Wynn.
Two Republicans qualified for Ward 3: incumbent Eric Parker and David Little.
In Ward 4, two Democrats have qualified — Jason Walker and John Gaskin. Current Ward 4 alderman Richard Corey announced last year he would not seek a third term.
Scott Maynard is the only candidate who has qualified for the Ward 5 seat. Jeremiah Dumas, who currently holds that post, announced he would not seek a second term earlier this year.
Five-term Alderman Roy A. Perkins, a Democrat, is the only candidate who has qualified to run in Ward 6. If elected, he would become the first six-term alderman ever in Starkville.
Two Democrats have qualified to run in Ward 7 — Incumbent Henry Vaughn and former Ward 7 Alderman Janette Self. Vaughn defeated Self’s bid for a second consecutive term in 2009.