Three aldermen face opposition in primary April 2; no one qualifies to challenge Mayor Dan Gibson

Published 5:08 pm Friday, February 2, 2024

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to correct the number of votes Felicia Bridgewater-Irving received when challenged in 2020 by Michael Calcote. We regret the error, and are happy to set the record straight.

NATCHEZ — Three of the six members of the Natchez Board of Aldermen will face opposition in the April 2 municipal primary election.

However, Mayor Dan Gibson will face no opponent for a second term in office.

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And, newly appointed Municipal Court Judge Christina Daugherty will not be opposed as she seeks her first full term in office.

Daugherty, who is also vice principal at Adams County Christian School, was appointed to her position when Lisa Jordan Dale resigned to join the district attorney’s office in late December.

Aldermen Valencia Hall, Felicia Bridgewater-Irving and Ben Davis will face challengers on April 2.

Larry Hooper, also a Democrat, will challenge Ward 1 Alderwoman Valencia Hall, also a Democrat.

Ward 4 Alderwoman Felicia Bridgewater-Irving is being opposed by two candidates, both Democrats like Bridgewater-Irving — Adrian Fulton and Michael Calcote.

Calcote ran against Bridgewater-Irving in the 2020 election and lost by 51 votes.

Ward 5 Alderman Ben Davis faces fellow Democrat Jamar White on April 2. The winner of the primary election will face independent Tarsha Ambeau in the June 4 municipal general election.

Ward 2 Alderman Billie Joe Frazier, Ward 3 Alderwoman Sarah Carter Smith and Ward 6 Alderman Curtis Moroney do not face an opposing candidate and will serve new, four-year terms beginning this summer.

Moroney was elected in a special vote on May 25, 2023, to fill the seat of long-time Ward 6 Alderman Dan Dillard, who died unexpectedly on March 29, 2023.