LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - Retired fireman and lifelong Laurel resident Ken Keyes turned in his qualifying papers for mayor Tuesday at Laurel City hall.
Keyes joins a crowded field in the race. State Representative Omeria McDonald Scott, Councilman Johnny Magee, and Alfred Jordan have also turned in their papers and Ward Seven Councilman Trey Chinn is expected to do so later in the week. All four are running on the democratic ticket. Keyes is running as an independent.
"I just know there is so much that can be done with our city," said Keyes. "Our streets are in deplorable condition. At the same time we are owed 15-million in traffic fines and other fines with our police department that we are having trouble collecting. I just think that with some good business management we can maybe turn Laurel around and get it heading in the right direction again."
Current Laurel Mayor Melvin Mack decided not to run for a third term, instead he will seek the Ward Seven Council Seat currently held by Trey Chinn.