- Associated Press - Friday, December 25, 2015

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) - Retired Justice Court Judge Mary Lee Toles will fill the Natchez Board of Aldermen seat of outgoing Ward 2 Alderman Rickey Gray, who was elected Adams County supervisor.

The Natchez Democrat reports (https://bit.ly/1ONQvKE ) the board voted 4-1 Monday for her to fill the seat Gray has held for 15 years. Toles will serve until a new alderman is elected in the June 7 general election.

Ward 5 Alderman Mark Fortenbery voted against the appointment after voicing concerns about Toles being a party in a lawsuit against the city. Toles, former Natchez Mayor Phillip West, the Rev. Clifton Marvel and Jacqueline Marsaw of the NAACP sued in May alleging the city’s ward lines were drawn in a way that diluted the voting strength of black residents.

The city has since adopted a redistricting plan that adjusts the lines, but the lawsuit is still pending.

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Information from: The Natchez Democrat, https://www.natchezdemocrat.com/


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