Judge can­cels Thurs­day ses­sion ahead of may­oral de­ci­sion

Starkville Daily News - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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