Hall leads incumbent in Ward 1

Published 11:35 pm Tuesday, June 2, 2020

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NATCHEZ — The contested Natchez Ward 1 Alderman race between incumbent Democrat Joyce Arceneaux-Mathis and Democratic Challenger Valencia Hall was too close to call after the votes were counted Tuesday.

Only 46 votes separate the two candidates. Hall had 292 votes, or 54.07% of the vote, to Mathis’ 246 votes, or 45.56% of the vote.

One-hundred-ninety-two absentee ballots were cast in Ward 1 and are yet to be counted.

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Election officials said they would begin counting absentee ballots on Wednesday.

The winner of Tuesday Democratic party primary will face independent challenger Jamar White in the July 14 general election.