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Michael Guice (left) is shown with Horn Lake Mayor Allen Latimer during a candidates' forum earlier this year when Guice challenged, but failed to unseat Latimer as mayor. Guice Tuesday night won election to fill Amy Lay's vacant seat as Horn Lake Alderman in Ward One.  

Bob Bakken|DTT

A new aldermen is expected to be sworn into office when the Horn Lake Board of Aldermen meets next Tuesday night, Dec. 19 at City Hall.

Michael Guice will represent Ward One by virtue of his election in Tuesday’s special election for the seat left open by former Alderwoman Amy Lay.

Guice outpolled LaWana Boone by a 78-35 margin in Tuesday’s vote with one affidavit vote still to be tallied after polls closed that evening.

The 114 votes cast amounted to about five percent of the 2,132 registered voters in the Horn Lake ward.

An early indication of what would be a very light voter turnout came in that there were no absentee ballots taken out during the early period.

The new alderman will finish the term of Lay, who was re-elected in last June’s general election without opposition. She had represented the ward since 2005.

Since she was last elected, Lay has now moved outside of the Horn Lake city limits, which caused her to resign her seat and force the special vote.

Guice’s victory came in his second attempt at municipal office in Horn Lake this year. The former law enforcement officer ran for mayor in June, but lost to incumbent Mayor Allen Latimer.

The husband of Lake Cormorant High School principal Rhonda Guice left a long career in law enforcement a few years ago to care for an ailing mother.

Boone was in her first attempt seeking public office and was also seeking to become the second African-American woman on the Horn Lake Board of Alderman.

Current Alderwoman LaShonda Johnson became the first when she was chosen in the June general election to represent Ward Five.

Boone is a native of Memphis who has lived in Horn Lake the past 13 years. Her background includes working as a flight attendant with American Airlines for 25 years, but most recently has become an established freelance writer and has expertise in marketing, event planning and communications.

Since the seat is currently open, Guice is expected to take office immediately upon being sworn in at the Dec. 19 regular meeting, which will begin at 6 p.m. inside City Hall.

Bob Bakken is Staff Writer and may be reached at 662-429-6397 ext. 240.

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