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City of Caruthersville has contested mayor's race

Election sign ups are underway for several seats in the city of Caruthersville
Election sign ups are underway for several seats in the city of CaruthersvilleCity of Caruthersville

Municipal election sign ups continue in Pemiscot County and the city of Caruthersville, MO has a contested mayor’s race as of Jan. 8. Candidate Rick Brandon already signed up and then George Pierce threw his hat in the ring. Pierce withdrew from running, then a new candidate emerged as Rick Davis signed up to run. Davis served one term as mayor previously several years ago.

In other races in Caruthersville, only one Council seat has opposition as of this time. Ward 4 incumbent Sheila Simpson is being opposed by Nick Cartee. In Ward 1, incumbent Barbara Rodgers has signed up for re-election and is as of yet unopposed. In Ward 2, Incumbent Barbara Pullam has not signed up, but B.T. Merideth, Jr. has signed up to run. In Ward 3, incumbent Baughn Merideth has not signed up for re-election but CHS School Superintendent J.J. Bullington has put her name on the ballot.

Caruthersville has been without a mayor since early spring last year after long-time Mayor Diane Sayre passed away from a long illness. The Council could not decide on the appointment of a mayor and remained deadlocked, so Councilman Frank Morgan has been serving in that position.

The incumbents for City Treasurer, Collector and City Marshall have all signed up for re-election and remain unopposed. The deadline to sign up is the end of business Jan.21, and the election will be held April 8.