Judge cancels Thursday session ahead of mayoral decision
Special Judge Barry Ford has canceled a meeting scheduled for today regarding the mayoral election contest in Oktibbeha County Circuit Court.
Two hearings were initially scheduled earlier this month, with the meeting for today slated to be closed to the public and media.
Thursday's hearing was supposed to be a meeting of Judge Ford, the election commissioners and the legal counsels for both Mayor Lynn Spruill and challenger Johnny Moore.
Oktibbeha County Circuit Clerk Tony Rook confirmed to the Starkville Daily News and other local media on Wednesday that Judge Ford had canceled Thursday's hearing.
Judge Ford is still set to rule on the election contest on Friday at 10 a.m.
Spruill was certified as the winner of the mayoral race by seven votes last May and became the city's first female mayor when she was sworn in to office in July. Moore immediately challenged the results, which led to Ford being appointed by the Mississippi Supreme Court to oversee the case.
The Starkville Daily News previously reported a total of eight affidavit ballots were in question, along with one absentee ballot challenged by Moore's team and another absentee ballot challenged by Spruill's team.