From staff reports
A special election for the Laurel Ward 6 City Council seat is going to a runoff.
Grace Amos had 81 votes to Ira Martin’s 44 votes, meaning they will meet again on March 3. Martin barely beat 24-year-old Ben Winpigler to make it to the runoff. Winpigler had 38 votes.
Amos, 61, lives on South 6th Avenue and Martin, 46, lives on Queen Street. They were vying to replace Travares Comegys, who vacated his seat on the City Council when he ran for and won the race for Beat 5 Supervisor.
The runoff will be Tuesday, March 3 at Fire Station 1 on Ellisville Boulevard. Polls will be open 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Special election set for District 88 House seat
A special election for the District 88 House seat has been set for April 21, according to a Writ of Election that Gov. Tate Reeves sent to Jones County Circuit Clerk Concetta Brooks.
The qualifying deadline for candidates is 5 p.m. March 2 at the Jones County Circuit Clerk’s Office. A runoff, if needed, will be May 12.
The special election was made necessary by the resignation of Ramona Blackledge. The longtime Jones County tax assessor/collector was forced by Speaker of the House Philip Gunn to choose between her state retirement and serving in the Legislature, she said.
She beat longtime Rep. Gary Staples to win the seat, which was also sought by Chris Hodge. Robin Robinson announced last week that she intended to run for the seat, which encompasses parts of Jones and Jasper counties.