Truly wins third term as Canton mayor

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CANTON — Mayor William Truly won reelection for a third term during Tuesday’s Canton municipal election. Truly, a Democrat fended off a challenge from Republican Charles “Chip” Matthews.

Truly garnered 739 votes to Matthews’ 497 votes, according to unofficial returns from Tuesday’s election.

All other candidates in Canton ran as Democrats and those races were settled in the April Democrat Party primary.

In a lawsuit filed by three Democrat Party incumbent candidates who lost their seats in the April 6 primaries, however, a Friday status conference hearing before Special Madison County Circuit Court Judge Jeff Weill Sr. resulted in a July 27 trial date on the process by which Democratic candidates were placed on the ballots.

The candidates — Ward 1 Rodriquez Brown, Ward 2 Fred Esco Jr. and Ward 5 Tim C. Taylor — had filed individual suits that were later consolidated into one suit, questioning among other things, the Democrat Party candidates list submitted to the Mississippi Secretary of State’s office and the legitimacy of the city’s Democrat Party Executive Committee which certified the primary results.

Depending on the outcome of the pending trial or rulings on any pre-trial motions, Tuesday’s election results could be challenged along with the primary results.


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