Lumberton mayoral race heads to run off

Lumberton mayoral race heads to run off

LUMBERTON, MS (WDAM) - The race for a new mayor in the city of Lumberton is heading to a run-off election, with alderman Kent Crider and blogger Jonathan Griffith still in the race.

The city held a special election for mayor Tuesday.

Crider clocked in with 146 votes, Griffith with 126 votes and Jerry Walters with 30 votes, not including 13 affidavits.

The date for the run-off election will be set by the board at its Jan. 5 meeting.

Former Lumberton Mayor Ben Winston resigned Nov. 4. He has served as mayor since he defeated Miriam Holder in 2013.

Crider currently serves as Ward 1 alderman, and Griffith writes for the Lumberton Informer blog.

Walters is the retired fire chief and serves as an ordained minister.