Oktibbeha County GOP meets in Maben

By Terry Harpole

MABEN — A Jan. 29 meeting at Maben City Hall could make some changes in the way Maben’s municipal elections are held.

Marnita Henderson, chair of the Oktibbeha County Republican Party, and Ricky Bishop, vice chair, came to Maben and met with at least seven people from Maben, including three members of the city board and one of the clerks, as this was an open meeting.

One person has expressed a desire to run for mayor as a Republican.

For as long as anyone remembers in the Maben city elections, candidates for any office have been running as Independents or non-partisan, but now, if it works out, this will soon change.

The purpose of the meeting was to organize a five-member Republican Municipal Committee, but, unfortunately, there were no nominations to the committee. This means the county Republican organization can handle this until March 8, when a Maben Municipal Committee must be elected.

Some candidates who already have petitions to run for city office will need to turn them in by March.

The election in Maben will be June 4, and for many years, of course, the top five vote-getters have been elected as aldermen, but if the Republican Committee is elected, this will result in the need of a runoff as the candidates will be running as either Democrat, Republican or Independent.

When asked about the advantages and disadvantages of having partisan elections for Maben, Henderson and Bishop said the meeting was not for the purpose of addressing that matter.

However, a meeting of the Oktibbeha County Republicans was set for Feb. 11 at the Golden Triangle Planning And Development District building for that purpose.

The Maben meeting, even though few people attended, was open and informative, and now Maben will be waiting to see how the city elections will be held.