Olive Branch Rejects Plea to Redo Mayor's Race

Olive Branch Rejects Plea to Redo Mayor's Race

Art Shumway blamed bad weather for his loss in this year's mayor race. Olive Branch's election committee unanimously rejected his plea to redo the election.
OLIVE BRANCH, MS (localmemphis.com) - Sore loser or victim of circumstance? An unsuccessful candidate for Olive Branch mayor has been pushing for weeks to re-do the election. Wednesday was the final court hearing in the matter.

Art Shumway blamed bad weather for his loss in this year's mayor race. Olive Branch's election committee unanimously rejected his plea to redo the election.

"I wish it would have ended a little differently it didn't. I started my campaign really early and I worked really hard, harder than probably anybody has ever worked at a campaign," he tells Local 24 News.

He wanted another election because he said weather stopped people from voting.

"Just days before were the severe tornadoes in Oklahoma so people were really leery of the weather. We had flooding keeping people from taking normal routes."

"I think they probably should have done it again," says Jenni Peppers, who supported Shumway. "I've heard a lot of people say they think there should have been another change. In fact, the girl who cuts my hair said she couldn't even get out of her cove. So there were two votes right there that couldn't make it."

But others, including the election officials who voted against Shumway, said it was a fair vote.

"I think everybody had their chance. A little rain shouldn't keep people away," says Gerald Holland. "Good decision."

Shumway's not sure if this is it for him and politics. "I'll see what God has in store for me," he says.

Barbara Gunn, who ran for alderman in Horn Lake, also challenged election results because of the weather. That failed too.
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