New mayors elected in Woodville, Fayette

Published 12:41 am Thursday, June 8, 2017


NATCHEZ — In Tuesday’s election, the towns of Fayette and Woodville elected new mayors while Meadville largely supported the incumbent.

In Fayette, Londell “Rock” Eanochs defeated longtime incumbent Rogers King, 409 to 290. Keshia Stewart Ford defeated Woodville Mayor Gary D’Aquilla by 10 votes, 208 to 198. Meadville incumbent mayor Lane Reed held off challenger Jeffrey Johnson 116 to 28.

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Election results are unofficial.

Eanochs said the people of Fayette wanted to see a change in the office.

“There are a lot of things in the community — the police department, the fire department and some of your infrastructure — that is just either declining or at a standstill,” he said. “I think the community as a whole decided it was time to make a change. That’s what it took, it took everybody to get this done.”

Eanochs said he is young at 33, but he has deep roots in the community, and he was able to speak to both the young and older generation in Fayette.

“My campaign slogan was, ‘Together we can,’” Eanochs said. “I think the community wanted togetherness. I think that pushed us all the way through.”

Early on Eanochs said he plans to focus on infrastructure, the police and fire departments, beautification and recreation.

The mayor-elect said he would like to boost training at the police department and to update the equipment. At the fire department, Eanochs said he would like to hire a full-time chief and obtain more certification for the volunteer firefighters.

“Public safety is one of my top issues,” he said. “With fire upgrades, we can work to bring down our insurance and that will help with infrastructure and bringing businesses to town.”

Beautification and expanding Fayette across U.S. 61 could lead to tourism dollars coming through on the blues highway, he said.

Eanochs, who is the senior network administrator at Alcorn State University, said he would like to work with the university and Copiah-Lincoln Community College to bring summer programs to Fayette.

New Woodville mayor Ford said she wanted to thank the community for supporting her on Tuesday.

“I am very appreciative, humbled and thankful for the opportunity,” she said. “I look forward to serving our great city, and I pray it will continue to grow.”

Ford, who has a master’s degree in finance from the University of Dallas, said her focus early on would be in job growth. Ford said she wanted to see what types of jobs the town could support.

“I want to find grants to fund activities, buildings and employment that we are trying to bring to the city,” Ford said. “I also want to see what kind of activities we can have for the kids, but my main focus is on jobs.”

Terms begin on July 1.