Republican Ballot will Include Executive Committee, more Biloxi News

From:  City of Biloxi   04/28/17   GCN

 Those voting in the Republican primary in the Biloxi municipal elections on Tuesday are going to see more than the mayor and their respective council seat on the ballot.

Voters in the Republican primary also are going to be asked to cast ballots for the eight members of the Biloxi Republican Municipal Executive Committee.

The committee chose to include the eight names on the ballot since it's a citywide election. The Democratic Municipal Executive Committee, meantime, is not included on the Ward 2 Democratic ballot, which is the only contested Democratic primary on Tuesday. The committees, by the way, have eight members, corresponding with the number of elected leaders in Biloxi municipal government.

"Having the committee on the ballot is something political nerds like me would look for,"ť said Wendy Peavy, who chairs the Republican Executive Committee.

The eight Republican committee names that will be on the ballot Tuesday are Wendy Barthe Peavy, Mary M. Bankston, Peter Wilson, Peter W. Rigby, Sandra E. Hill, Susan S. LeBatard, Richard R. Moss and Wendy Lassabe.

Although the two committees are made up of volunteers, they are critical to the primaries.  They certify the candidates, which includes background checks to make sure the potential candidates have not been convicted of a felony. They also confirm residency. The committees approve the primary ballots, hire and train poll workers for the primary election, and also help resolve any issues with contested ballots. After the primary election, they certify the results.

Said Peavy: "It's a pretty easy process in Biloxi because we have a great working relationship with Municipal Clerk Stacy Thacker and the city team."ť

Read more about the upcoming Biloxi primaries
 
City Desk: Checking in with the Biloxi National Cemetery

This week's City Desk podcast, recorded today at the Biloxi National Cemetery, features an update on the revered West Biloxi property, as well as a progress report on the drive to construct a new fire station to serve the Woolmarket Community.

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News and notes

Summer swimming lessons: Registration for the city's highly popular summer swimming lessons begins on Saturday, May 6 from 8 a.m. to noon for Biloxi residents at the Biloxi Natatorium. Non-Biloxians can register on Monday, May 8 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. To see the flyer, click here.

Special needs, junior high prom:  The Parks & Recreation Department will hold its annual Special Needs & Jr. High Prom on Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Donal M. Snyder Sr. Community Center.  The free Vegas-themed event is open to ages 12 to 14.  To see the flyer, click here