Holloway sails to sixth term; council to see five new faces

Mayor A.J. Holloway coasted to an unprecedented sixth term for a Biloxi mayor this evening, capturing 74 percent of the vote, and the Biloxi City Council will have five new members when new terms begin in July.

Republican Dixie Newman defeated Lucy Denton by a 60-40 margin, capturing 512 votes to 336 votes in a ward that stretches from front beach to west of Hiller Park, on Biloxi’s Back Bay.

Denton had been one of three surviving incumbents. Two incumbents had been defeated in the primaries, and two others – Arlene Wall and Clark Griffith – chose not to seek office.

In other races Tuesday night, Felix Gines, who beat incumbent councilman William “Bill” Stallworth in the Ward 2 Democratic primary in May, fended off three challengers, and Ward 7 councilman David Fayard handily won re-election, capturing 85 percent of the vote against one challenger.

Four council seats had been decided in the primaries: Ward 1, incumbent George Lawrence; Ward 4, Robert L. Deming III; Ward 5, Dr. Paul Tisdale; and Ward 6, Kenny Glavan, who defeated incumbent Edward “Ed” Gemmill.

The numbers from today’s balloting:


A.J. Holloway 2,280 (74%)

Jess Kennedy 804 (26%)

Ward 2

Felix O. Gines 411 (76%)

“David” Son Truong 97 (18%)

Tracey D. Smith 27 (5%)

“GG” Jerome Harrison 8 (1.5%)

Ward 3

Dixie Newman 512 (60%)

Lucy C. Denton 336 (40%)

Ward 7

David Fayard 335 (86%)

Tyler Ainsworth 56 (14%)