The first Republican has qualified for the Waveland municipal elections, which are scheduled for Nov. 2.
Former Planning and Zoning Commissioner Robert Hincks qualified last Monday.
Hincks had declared his intention to run for mayor in April when he resigned from the planning and zoning commission.
Hincks, 64, is a retired businessman currently living in Ward Two.
“I’m not a politician,” Hincks said. “Over the past year, several concerned citizens have asked me to run. I don’t believe the citizens are getting all of the services they deserve.
“The current attitude of some in the city is terrible. To me, that is wrong. The city is here to serve the people.”
Hincks said he believes his experience in the business community and his service on the planning and zoning commission give him a good feel for what is needed in city government.
By running as a Republican, Hincks will avoid facing incumbent Mayor Tommy Longo and Fire Chief David Garcia in the Nov. 2 primary. Both Longo and Garcia have qualified as Democrats.
The winner of the Republican primary will face the winner of the Democratic primary and any independents.
The qualifying period began last Friday and will run through Sept. 3.
Five aldermen candidates qualified last week, and three others qualified by press time Tuesday.
Local businessman Shanes Lafontaine and Bay St. Louis Fire Inspector Eddie Bourgeois qualified for Ward Three and incumbent Charles Piazza qualified for Ward Four.
Lafontaine and Bourgeois, both Democrats, join incumbent Brian Schmitt and Michael Besida in the Ward Three race.
Piazza, also a Democrat, will face Mark Kidd, who qualified last week.
City Election Registrar Tammy Fayard said Friday that several other candidates have picked up packets, but have not returned them yet.
Anyone wishing to run for office, can pick up a packet during normal business hours at city hall, Fayard said.
BY: Dwayne Bremer
The Sea Coast Echo