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Canton Alderman wants Senator replaced

Ward 6 Alderman Eric Gilkey Ward 6 Alderman Eric Gilkey
CANTON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A Canton City alderman is asking state officials to replace State Senator Kenneth Wayne Jones.

We have a copy of a letter sent to Governor Phil Bryant by Ward 6 Alderman Eric Gilkey.

Gilkey says the Governor should call a special election. He claims Jones has accepted a position with Canton Municipal Utilities.

He also sent a letter to  State Auditor Stacey Pickering asking him to recoup any funds paid to Senator Jones while he has held the position in Canton while also serving as state Senator.

Gilkey says lawmakers cannot serve in two branches of government.

Senator Jones told us he was not aware of the letters until he talked with us, but issued this statement Monday night: 

"I was both a Senator and Alderman for two years and it wasn't illegal or unconstitutional, so there's no way being appointed to a utility commission by the same board can violate any policy other than me not being the candidate that Mr. Gilkey wanted.  He shouldn't fabricate foolishness and take the integrity of our political offices seriously."

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