It could a light turnout Tuesday for the special election that will fill a now-vacant seat on the Horn Lake Board of Alderman, a seat that represents Ward One in the DeSoto County community.
Assistant City Clerk A.J. Linville Monday said there were no absentee ballots that were taken out in the weeks ahead of Tuesday's election between Michael Guice and LaWana Boone.
Voters did have their opportunities to do so, however, including two successive Saturdays at City Hall to pull absentee ballots for the vote that will fill a seat left by former Alderwoman Amy Lay, who resigned after her move from the city to another DeSoto County location.
There are 2,132 registered voters in Ward One, Linville said, and a total of 211 votes were cast in the ward during the last primary election held there.
Goodman Road Baptist Church, 4368 Goodman Road in Horn Lake, is where Tuesday’s election will take place. Polls are open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Guice and Boone both filed by the Nov. 22 deadline to be placed on the ballot.
This will be the second time this year that Guice has run for a political office in Horn Lake. A retired law enforcement officer, Guice ran unsuccessfully for mayor back in May, as Mayor Allen Latimer was re-elected in the municipal election.
Guice, a Marine Corps veteran and FBI National Academy graduate, had been in law enforcement for more than 30 years, but retired four years ago to care for his ailing mother.
Boone will be entering the political arena for the first time. She 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 Board has a regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 19, it is likely the election winner would be sworn in and take office at the beginning of that meeting.
Bob Bakken is Staff Writer and may be reached at 662-429-6397 ext. 240.