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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 yearâs municipal election. Perkins defeated incumbent Harold Williams and Mack Hicks when he ran against them in 1993.
Perkins serves on the cityâs budget and audit committee.
He said he hopes to be elected to serve the city for another four years.
âIt is a privilege to serve as alderman. I continue to appreciate the confidence that the citizens have in me,â Perkins said. âIf 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
The qualifying deadline for this yearâs 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.