Voters in Wards 2 and 6 will return to the polls on Tuesday, May 17 to decide runoff contests since no candidate in those races captured more than 50 percent of the votes cast.
As expected, overall voter turnout was low, which Municipal Clerk Brenda Johnston attributed to the lack of a mayoral race, where typically a large volume of advertising and intense media coverage drives voter interest.
A total of 4,262 votes were cast in the primaries, which is 14.96 percent of the 28,489 registered voters in Biloxi. By comparison, Voter Registrar Lucien Brown Jr. reports that about 7,000 votes were cast in the 2001 primaries.
Heaviest primary voter turnout was in Ward 6, a seat that was created in the growing North Bay area. A total of 820 voters cast ballots, which, nonetheless, represented only 20.45 percent of the 4,009 registered voters in the new ward.
To see the official results of the Democratic and Republican primaries, click here.
Didn’t vote Tuesday? There’s still time
Registered voters in Wards 2 and 6 who did not vote in the May 3 primary may cast a ballot in the May 17 runoff elections in those wards.
Once the party nominees are selected from Wards 2 and 6, they will join party nominees and any independent candidates from Wards 1, 3, 5 and 7 in campaigning for the general election, which takes place June 7.
To see the original list of candidates – and to view voting maps, polling places and ward-by-ward demographic information – click here.
Weekend lineup: High-flying entertainment
There’s a weekend-long cobia tournament at Point Cadet Marina, a kite festival in Long Beach, and SheDaisy on stage at the Grand in Biloxi. To see the complete lineup of events taking place this weekend, courtesy of listings from the Mississippi Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau, click here.
To see the city’s community calendar for May, click here.
Firefighters group planning drawdown
Members of the Biloxi Firefighters Association are holding a drawdown to raise money for the association and the fire museum.
Chances to win the $2,000 prize are $25 each and include admission for two to an evening of food and refreshment at the drawdown, which will be May 21 at 6 p.m. in the auditorium of St. John’s Catholic Church, which is off Bradford Street near the Lameuse Street church.
Those interested should contact George Emile, president of the association, either by e-mail or at 860-4284.
News and notes
- Council schedule: The Biloxi City Council’s next scheduled meeting is Tuesday, May 17 at 1:30 p.m. at City Hall.
- On the road(s): The Public Works Department has enhanced its daily Traffic Update to include the Biloxi Police Department’s weekly radar schedule. To see the schedule -- along with the list of road construction projects and MDOT’s two Biloxi traffic cameras -- click here.
- Webcasting: This week’s “City Desk” webcast, which was taped Thursday morning, includes info on special events sponsored by the Biloxi Police Department and other issues of note. To listen, click here.
- A feel for Biloxi: Web surfers across the country and around the globe are getting a taste of Biloxi in the Biloxi Bay Chamber’s “Images of Biloxi” magazine, which includes an online video segment of Biloxi people and places. It’s on the front page of the city’s web site, or you can see it by clicking here.
- Own a piece of Biloxi: The newly created “Golden Fisherman” poster, which features more than a thousand names of Biloxi seafood industry families and Blessing of the Fleet royalty, is on sale – only $5 -- at the Visitors Center on the Town Green. You can see an online sample of the 24-by-36-inch rendering by clicking here.
- Seniors safety series: Senior citizens in Wards 4, 5 and 6 can hear personal safety advice and learn how to avoid becoming victims of money scams in a free personal safety seminar for seniors on Thursday, May 19 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Donal Snyder Sr. Community Center on Pass Road. Police officers will advise residents of inexpensive home-safety measures, and how to identify money scams, which generally target the elderly. Firefighters will inform residents how to obtain free smoke detectors.
- Speaking of seniors: The city’s Parks and Recreation Department is planning a host of activities to mark this month’s celebration of Older Americans Month. You can read all about plans in “Top of the Hill,” the department’s monthly newsletter mailed to more than a thousand seniors and also available online by clicking here.