Most Mississippi cities are electing mayors this year, and party primaries Tuesday will narrow the fields of candidates.
Some of the toughest primaries will be in Jackson, Vicksburg and Madison, where incumbents are seeking re-election, and in Clarksdale, where the seat is open because the current mayor chose not to run.
Primary runoffs are May 21 and the general election is June 4. New four-year terms begin July 1.
Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. is seeking a fourth term. He faces nine other Democrats, including businessman Jonathan Lee, attorney Regina Quinn, City Council member and attorney Chokwe (pronounced SHOW-kway) Lumumba, and City Council member and former educator Frank Bluntson. The Democratic primary is likely to be decided in a runoff. No Republican is in the race, but the Democratic nominee will face three independents in the general election.