Canton primaries on for Tuesday


CANTON  — Voters will go to the polls to cast ballots in Tuesday’s municipal primary election that had been stalled by court battles between two Canton Municipal Democratic Party election commissions.

The two election commissions had submitted differing ballots with one banning several candidates, including incumbent Mayor William Truly Jr. and his wife, Natwassie Truly, citing residency infractions and another over a procedural matter.

After a court hearing last month, however, Special Circuit Court Judge Lamar Pickard of Hazlehurst ruled that all candidates should be placed on the ballots.

Only one candidate filed to run as a Republican, Charles Chip Matthews, who is running against Truly for the mayor’s seat.

All other candidates in Canton are running as Democrats. For Ward 1: Rodriquez Brown, Colby Walker; Ward 2: Fred Esco Jr.,  Renee Truss; Ward 3: Les Penn, Angie Levy-Ware; Ward 4: Markee Blount, Jonathan Dixon, Danny T. Louis, Daphne Sims; Ward 5: Tim C. Taylor, John E. Brown; Ward 6: Monica Johnson Gilkey, Cleotha Williams; Ward 7: Dante’ L. Ollie, Lafayette E. Wales.

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