By Josh Mitchell
Corinth Today News Editor
The qualifying period for city of Corinth elections closed at 5 p.m. Friday, and there are races for two seats on the board of aldermen.
No one filed to run against Mayor Tommy Irwin and Police Chief Ralph Dance, who both filed as Republicans. Irwin is currently in his second term, and Dance is in his first term.
Three candidates filed to run for the Corinth alderman-at-large seat, including incumbent Mike Hopkins, attorney Ken Weeden and Jacob Smith, a process engineer at KeytronicEMS. Hopkins and Weeden will face off in the Aug. 7 Republican primary election. Hopkins is seeking a fourth term.
The winner of that race will challenge Smith, a Libertarian, in the Oct. 9 general election.
The only other city race will be for the Ward 1 alderman seat. Republican incumbent Andrew “Bubba” Labas will run against independent candidate Chris Wilson.
Labas, a certified financial planner, will face Wilson, a nurse anesthetist at Magnolia Regional Health Center, in the Oct. 9 general election. Labas is seeking his third term.
The rest of the Corinth aldermen incumbents will not face challengers. They are Chip Wood, who is currently in his third term; and Ben Albarracin, Michael McFall and J.C. Hill, who are currently in their second terms.
All of the unopposed aldermen incumbents are Republicans except Hill, who is a Democrat.
All of the terms are four years.