Biloxians cast ballots Tuesday

The months-long municipal election process, which began in January with would-be candidates announcing their plans to run for office, comes to a close Tuesday with residents casting ballots for mayor and City Council at 10 precincts citywide.

Contested races are taking place in Wards 1, 2 and 5, but all candidates, regardless of whether they have opponents, will appear on the ballot for the general election.

Voting takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich and Councilmembers Dixie Newman of Ward 3, Robert L. Deming III of Ward 4, Kenny Glavan of Ward 6 and Nathan Barrett in Ward 7 appear on the ballot as unopposed.

Democrats George Lawrence of Ward 1 and Felix Gines of Ward 2, and Republican Paul Tisdale of Ward 5 face challengers. Lawrence faces Republican Keith Anderson, Gines faces independent Tracy Smith, and Tisdale faces Democrat Sugar Stallings.

Polling places changes: Two polling places have changed for the 2021 municipal elections. In Ward 2, those who formerly voted at the Carl M. Ohr Fire Station No. 3 will now vote at the East Biloxi Senior Center, 461 Parker St. In Ward 7, those who formerly voted at the Woolmarket Fire Station No. 8 will now vote at the Woolmarket City Center, 13034 Kayleigh Cove.

Key dates: May 10 was the deadline to register to vote. June 5 was the last day for in-person absentee voting. And, of course, the election itself is June 8, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Need more info? A map of polling places is on the city website. Click on Voter Information on left side of any page. You can contact Municipal Clerk Stacy Thacker at or 228-435-6254.
Voter Information: Candidates, polling places and more

News & notes: Council, camp, B-Alert

Council: The Biloxi City Council is scheduled to meet next Tuesday, June 15 at 1:30 p.m. at Biloxi City Hall. To see more about city council, click here.

Summer camp: Biloxi’s summer camp, officially known as the Summer Playground Program, began this morning. Camp sites with up to 75 campers at each, are at North Bay, Popp’s Ferry and North Woolmarket Elementary schools. To see more about the program, click here.

B-Alert: Stay in the know about road closures, road re-openings, and other traffic advisories by signing up for B-Alert.  It’s a real-time, on-the-go messaging system that brings advisories directly to your cell phone.  Just text BILOXI to 99411.