- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 3, 2017

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Jackson, Hernando and Pearl are among the Mississippi cities getting a new mayor this summer.

Several cities held party primaries Tuesday. Runoffs, where needed, are May 14. The general election is June 6, and city officials begin four-year terms July 1.

In Jackson, attorney Chokwe Antar Lumumba won 55 percent of the vote in a nine-person Democratic primary. Mayor Tony Yarber, who took office after a 2014 special election, received 5 percent. Lumumba has opponents in June, but Democrats generally win citywide contests in Jackson.

In Hernando, N.C. “Tom” Ferguson Jr., who’s a pilot, defeated third-term Mayor Chip Johnson in the Republican primary. Ferguson is unopposed in June.

In Pearl, law enforcement officer Jake Windham defeated second-term Mayor Brad Rogers in the Republican primary. Windham is unopposed in June.

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A look at other mayoral primaries:

BILOXI - Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gillich, who won a special election in 2015, defeated Jess Kennedy in the Republican primary. Gillich will face Democrat Sugar Stallings in the general election.

CLARKSDALE - First-term Mayor Bill Luckett, who ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2011, moves to a Democratic primary runoff with former state Rep. Chuck Espy, who lost to Luckett in the 2013 mayor’s race. They advanced past three other candidates.

COLUMBUS - Third-term Mayor Robert Smith defeated Carl Lee and former police chief Selvain McQueen in the Democratic primary. Smith faces independent Montrell Coburn in the general election.

GREENWOOD - Kenderick Cox defeated Tavarris Cross and Jelani Barr in the Democratic primary and will face two independent candidates in the general election: Second-term Mayor Carolyn McAdams and Shun Pearson.

HATTIESBURG - Fourth-term Mayor Johnny DuPree, who ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2011, defeated two challengers in the Democratic primary and will face two independent candidates in June. State Rep. Toby Barker serves as a Republican in the Legislature but is running for mayor without a party label. Shawn O’Hara has run unsuccessfully for several statewide offices.

MADISON - The mayor’s race was decided in the Republican primary, with nine-term Mayor Mary Hawkins Butler defeating businessman Matt Armstrong.

MERIDIAN - First-term Mayor Percy Bland defeated Allen Shute in the Democratic primary and will face Republican William Bond Compton, Libertarian Mariner Durant and independent Dustin Markham in the general election.

PHILADELPHIA - Second-term Mayor James Young defeated former state Sen. Gloria Williamson in the Democratic primary. He will face Republican Josh Webb Gamblin, who’s currently an alderman, in the general election.

SOUTHAVEN -Mayor Darren Musselwhite won a second term by defeating Tommy A. Henley and James Weifenbach in the Republican primary. Musselwhite is unopposed in June.

STARKVILLE - Lynn Spruill, a former chief administrative officer for the city, Johnny Moore, who’s an attorney, advanced to the Democratic primary runoff, and the winner will become mayor.

TUPELO - The race was decided Tuesday in the Democratic primary, with first-term Mayor Jason Shelton defeating Candace Knowles.

VICKSBURG - First-term Mayor George Flaggs Jr. defeated former police chief Mitchell Dent, and a Warren County supervisor, Charles Selmon, in the Democratic primary. Flaggs will face independents Daryl Hollingsworth, Willie Robinson and Jennifer Thomas in the general election.

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