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Two more qualify for Natchez municipal elections; qualifying ends Friday

NATCHEZ — Two more candidates have filed to run for offices in this year’s municipal elections as Friday’s deadline for qualifying is fast approaching.

Richard Branyan filed paperwork Friday to run as an independent candidate for mayor, and Michael Calcote filed Wednesday to run as a Democrat for the Ward 4 alderman position currently held by Democrat Felicia Irving.

The deadline for candidates to file qualifying paperwork with the Natchez City Clerk’s office to run in this year’s municipal elections is 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, and the primary election will be April 7. Runoff elections, if necessary, will be April 28, followed by the general election on June 2.

Below is a complete list of candidates who have qualified so far to run for Natchez municipal positions.


Branyan will face the winner of the Democratic primary between Ernest “Tony” Fields and Dan Gibson, who are both running as Democrats for the seat being vacated by Grennell, who announced in December he would not be seeking reelection as mayor.

Ward 1

Valencia Hall will face incumbent Ward 1 Alderwoman Joyce Arceneaux-Mathis in the Democratic primary and the winner will face independent candidate Jamar White in the general election.

Ward 2

Incumbent Alderman Billie Joe Frazier, Democrat.

Ward 3

Incumbent Alderwoman Sarah Carter-Smith, Democrat

Ward 4

Calcote will face Irving in the Democratic primary.

Ward 5

Incumbent Alderman Ben Davis, Democrat.

Ward 6

Arrick Rice and Queen Ella Wilson, are both running as Democrats against incumbent Alderman Dan Dillard, Democrat.

Municipal Judge

Municipal Court Judge Lisa Jordan Dale