Despite rumors to the contrary, Bay St. Louis Mayor Eddie Favre said he will "absolutely" seek a sixth term in the upcoming municipal election.
Though the city clerk's office said Favre, a Democrat, has not yet turned in a Statement of Intent — one of the forms required to begin the qualification process to run for office — all prospective candidates have until 5 p.m. March 6 to file the appropriate paperwork.
"The more the merrier," Favre said Friday of his opponents in the impending race.
Thus far, two residents have decided to accept Favre's invitation to make a run for the city's top job.
David Mayley — currently finishing his fifth year as a Bay-Waveland School District board member — announced Tuesday he plans to throw his hat in the ring as a Republican candidate.
"If I'm lucky enough to become mayor, and I think I have a good chance, I want to build the bridges between all the citizens and government entities ... there's so many groups out there right now in Bay St. Louis and they're all fractured," said Mayley. Adding, "I've always been a bridge builder and a good communicator."
Mayley said his plans to achieve continuity throughout the city include: working closely with councilmen to keep them informed on a daily basis; and having a monthly column in the Sea Coast Echo to "talk about what's going on in the city."
"I would be a very visible mayor, he said.
Tad Black — former city councilman for Ward 4 from 1993 to 2001 — said his council experience would be beneficial to him should he be elected mayor.
"I feel like its time for a change to move our city forward," said Black. "This has been a 25 year goal of mine; to be mayor of Bay St. Louis ... I feel like I am ready to take on the challenges."
Black declined to provide more details about his ideas for the city or his party affiliation at this time. He also ran for mayor in 2001.
While Bay's city clerk's office said neither Mayley nor Black have officially turned in a Statement of Intent, several current councilmen have, they are: Councilman-at-Large Bill Taylor; Councilman Bobby Compretta, Ward 4; and Councilman Joey Boudin, Ward 5.
The party primaries will be held coast-wide, with the exception of Waveland, May 5 and the general election will be held June 2. Waveland holds city elections on a different annual schedule.