Miller wins vacated Alderman seat

Published 7:00 am Thursday, May 24, 2018

Unofficial results from Tuesday’s election to elect a new member to Poplarville’s Board of Aldermen indicate that Russell Miller will be the next member of the Board.

The special election was needed after Maggie Smith vacated her seat in mid April.

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Unofficial results released by the city of Poplarville show Russell Miller won the Alderman seat with 148 votes.

David Glenn Bolin, who also ran for the position, received 121 votes.

City Clerk Jane O’Neal said a total of six ballots remain to be counted.

Miller said now that he has won the seat, he plans to research the goals of the Board and see how he can help achieve them. He said he is versed in the problems the city is facing, so he is going to do his best to help the city address them.

Miller said his goal as an Alderman will be to bring fresh ideas to the Board and to make Poplarville a better place to live and work.

He said he would like to thank Bolin for running a fair, clean race. He is looking forward to working side-by-side with Bolin in his capacity as a business owner, as well as in his capacity as the president of the Poplarville Chamber of Commerce, to help make Poplarville the best city it can be. 

Bolin said, “Russell is a good person and I think he’ll do a good job with the city. I appreciate the ones who voted for me and I really enjoyed the race.”

Poplarville City Clerk Jane O’Neal said the affidavit votes were cast by two voters who were unable to present proper photo identification during the election. She said affidavit voters typically have five business days after the election to present their ID, but because of Memorial Day, they will be given until 5 p.m. on May 30 to do so. O’Neal said the election will not be certified until after that deadline has passed. There were also four absentee votes cast.