PETAL, Miss. (WDAM) - The race to become Petal’s next mayor could be decided by affidavit ballots.
The four candidates who ran in Tuesday’s primary are all Republicans. The winner will not be challenged in the June general election.
After the primary ballots were counted, Tony Ducker led the tally with 814 votes followed by Jake Wilson with 366 votes, Karen Hession with 262 votes and Jared Gould with 173 votes.
Petal City Clerk Melissa Martin said 52 affidavit ballots remain to be counted Wednesday.
If Ducker maintains a 50% plus one vote lead after the affidavits are counted, he will win outright. If he does not meet the 50% plus one threshold, he will face off against Jake Wilson in a runoff on April 27.
Four of Petal’s six board of aldermen seats were also up for grabs Tuesday. One of those races will be headed to a runoff.
Incumbent Ward 3 Alderman Clint Moore will be headed to a runoff with challenger Blake Nobles. Before affidavit’s were counted, Nobles had 118 votes and Moore had 110.
In Ward 1, Gerald Steele defeated Bruce Ferguson by a count of 160 to 32 votes.
In Ward 4, Craig Strickland won the seat previously held by retiring Alderman Brad Amacker.
Drew Brickson won the board’s Ward 5 seat in a landslide over Mannix McLaurin.