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Former mayor files to run for another term as an independent mayoral candidate

NATCHEZ — On the last day of qualifying,  former mayor Phillip West filed to run for another term.

The deadline for qualifying in the city clerk’s office was 5 p.m. Friday.

Previously, West had run as a Democrat and beat Republican Sue Stedman by 100 votes in 2004 to become the city’s first African- American mayor since Reconstruction.

West joins three other mayoral candidates, Democrat Dan Gibson, Democrat Tony Fields and independent candidate Richard Branyan.

Also Friday, two candidates joined the Ward 4 alderperson race. Democrat Fredrick Todd and Republican Brenda Floyd qualified in Ward 4. Democrat Michael Calcote and incumbent Democrat Felicia Bridgewater-Irving previously qualified for the Ward 4 alderperson position.

Other candidates include:

Ward 1: 

Incumbent Democrat Joyce Arceneaux-Mathis.

  • Democrat Valencia Hall
  • independent Jamar White

Ward 2:

  • Incumbent Democrat Billie Joe Frazier

Ward 3: 

  • Incumbent Democrat Sarah Carter Smith

Ward 5:

  • Incumbent Democrat Benjamin Davis

Ward 6: 

  • Incumbent Democrat Dan Dillard
  • Democrat Queen Ella Wilson
  • Democrat Arrick Rice

Municipal Court Judge:

  • Incumbent Democrat Lisa Jordan Dale