Veteran commissioner faces candidate veteran


Commissioner Vernia Calhoun is running to fill her seat for another term. (Photo City of Marshall)
Commissioner Vernia Calhoun is running to fill her seat for another term. (Photo City of Marshall)

MARSHALL – Candidates in the race for the District 5 place are ready for election day.

Vernia Calhoun was first elected to the seat in 2014. A 1970 graduate of the old Pemberton High School in Marshall, Ms. Calhoun furthered her education in Dallas at Draughon’s Business College, and retired after 30 years from General Motors Acceptance Corporation in Dallas in the early 2000s.

Since returning to Marshall after her retirement, Ms. Calhoun has been an active participant in several service organizations in the community, like the Harrison County Children Services’ Board, the New Town Neighborhood Association, the Planning and Zoning Commission and is a volunteer with the Harrison County NAACP. She also is a substitute teacher for the Marshall Independent School District.

Her opponent, Ken Moon, is no stranger to the political campaign world. In fact, this is not the first time that Moon has campaigned for the District 5 seat on the Marshall City Commission. He also was a candidate for county clerk and for District 2 seat on the Harrison County Commission Board.

Mr. Moon was born in Marshall but spent most of his life in the Detroit, Michigan area as an educator and an entrepreneur. In the past, Mr. Moon, a father and grandfather, has served with several groups and organizations for the betterment of Marshall, like the Historic West End Neighborhood Association, the New Town Neighborhood Association, and mentored at Marshall High School.

Early voting begins Friday, April 25. Early voting will end May 3. Early voting takes place at the Harrison County Elections Office. Election day will be May 7 at Marshall High School.

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