Gilich coasts in primary; five council seats now decided

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich secured the Republican nomination for mayor in balloting today, and five of the seven Biloxi City Council seats were essentially settled this evening, with incumbent Robert L. Deming III of Ward 4 and newcomer Nathan Barrett of Ward 7 claiming victories.

Only Wards 1 and 2, with incumbent Democrats George Lawrence and Felix O. Gines, facing Republican challengers in the June 6 general election.

A total of 3,935 voters, or 16.2 percent of the 24,270 registered voters in Biloxi, cast ballots in the party primaries today.

Incumbents Dixie Newman of Ward 3, Paul A. Tisdale of Ward 5 and Kenny J. Glavan Sr. of Ward 6 were unopposed today and face no challengers on the June 6 ballot.

Meantime, Gilich, who captured 73 percent of the vote today in the Republican primary, will face Democratic nominee Sugar Stallings on the June 6 ballot. Lawrence will face Republican nominee William Kai Landry in Ward 1, and Gines, who captured 92 percent of the vote in Ward 2 today, will face Republican nominee Ronald Weeks in Ward 2.

Of the contested races today:


Republican ballot


Andrew “FoFo” Gilich – 2,573 (73.16 percent)

Jess Kennedy – 875 (24.88 percent)


Ward 4 councilmember

Robert L. Deming III – 549 (51.55 percent)

Rodney McGilvary – 515 (48.36 percent)


Ward 7 councilmember

Nathan Barrett – 517 (59.84 percent)

Johnny Fayard – 345 (39.93 percent)


Democratic ballot

Ward 2 councilmember

Charlie Clay III – 25 (7.08 percent)

Felix O. Gines – 326 (92.35 percent)


See the detailed tabulations from today’s voting