By NATHAN GREGORY
Five-term Starkville Alderman Roy A. Perkins officially qualified Thursday to run as a Democrat for an unprecedented sixth term.
Perkins, who has represented Ward 6 since 1993, is the first alderman in Starkville ever to run a sixth time. If elected, his tenure would surpass that of the only other alderman who has ever served five terms on the board: current Democratic mayoral candidate Mary Lee Beal. She represented Ward 1 from 1977-97.
Each time Perkins sought re-election, he ran unopposed. No other candidate has qualified to run in Ward 6 for this yearâ€™s municipal election. Perkins defeated incumbent Harold Williams and Mack Hicks when he ran against them in 1993.
Perkins serves on the cityâ€™s budget and audit committee.
He said he hopes to be elected to serve the city for another four years.
â€śIt is a privilege to serve as alderman. I continue to appreciate the confidence that the citizens have in me,â€ť Perkins said. â€śIf elected to a sixth term, I will continue to promote Starkville and promote the best interest of the citizens of the city of Starkville.â€ť
The qualifying deadline for this yearâ€™s June 4 municipal election is March 8 at 5 p.m. Primaries will be held May 7. If needed, a runoff will be held May 21.
Perkins joins current Aldermen Ben Carver, Sandra Sistrunk and Henry Vaughn in qualifying to run for another term.