Lumberton citizens to vote again for mayor in runoff

LUMBERTON, Miss. (AP) – The citizens of Lumberton will have to head back to the polls to vote again for their mayor.

Local media outlets report that the close count in Tuesday’s special mayoral election will necessitate a runoff between Kent Crider and Jonathan Griffith, as no candidate garnered the necessary 50 percent of votes plus one. Crider received 146 votes, Griffith got 126 votes and Jerry Walters received 30 votes.

The date of the runoff has not been set.

The winner of the runoff election will fill out the remaining two years of former mayor Ben Winston’s term, who resigned in early November. Alderwoman At-Large Cora Rogers, who also is mayor pro tem, has been filling in for Winston since his resignation.