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Aberdeen alderwoman watches from jail as challenger defeats her in runoff

An Aberdeen alderwoman watched from jail Tuesday night as the city’s voters chose not to reelect her.

Lady Garth, no stranger to controversy, was taken into custody on Sunday stemming back to a February ruling by the Mississippi Supreme Court to uphold a five-day jail sentence after the Ward 2 alderwoman was found guilty of disturbing the peace. In September 2022, Garth illegally attempted to direct law enforcement to remove a sitting member from a board meeting.

The 64-year-old incumbent was also arrested on April 5 for allegedly assaulting a poll worker during the April 2 city election, in which she narrowly lost by 12 votes forcing a runoff. She later bonded out before being apprehended earlier this week.

During Tuesday’s runoff, Garth was defeated by challenger Rhonda Moore by about 70 votes, according to an unofficial count. Moore is known in the community for her work with the Aberdeen Boosters Club and Aberdeen Alumni Association.

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