Olive Branch Mayoral Candidate Requests New Election

Olive Branch Mayoral Candidate Requests New Election

Olive Branch voters could be returning to the polls for a mayoral "do-over". Mayoral candidate Art Shumway believes the results of the recent election would have been different if bad weather and questionable voters were eliminated.
OLIVE BRANCH, MS (localmemphis.com) - Olive Branch voters could be returning to the polls for a mayoral "do-over". Mayoral candidate Art Shumway believes the results of the recent election would have been different if bad weather and questionable voters were eliminated.

"I'll tell you what I don't want the citizens of Olive Branch to think, is that I just cannot accept defeat, that's not what it's about," said Shumway.

Shumway said he plans to contest the city's election results. On May 21, Scott Philips won the Mayor's seat by a slim, 48 vote margin. Shumway believes the razor thin victory was due to voting irregularities and emergency weather problems.

"Throughout the race, the primary, we had white vans bringing loads of people in that we're questionable voters that were voting for somebody that they didn't even know who they were. Then the extreme emergency weather hit and right there when people were trying to get off work and at that time they were just focused on trying to get home safely," said Shumway.

The 56 year old businessman, whose platform included cutting wasted expense, plans to meet with the Desoto County Election Commission in two weeks, to voice his concerns. From there, a decision will be made on whether Olive Branch voters will return to the polls for a new election.

"It's perfectly fair. If you want to have a re-election, do it. It's only fair and if you think you won fair and square you shouldn't be scared to have a re-election," said Olive Branch resident Terrence Carr.

"We have a great city and if I'm not the Mayor, I hope that Scott will make decisions based on what's right," said Shumway.
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