Cook Seeks Re-Election as Piggott Alderman
Piggott Alderman Mike Cook has announced his intention to seek re-election in the November General Election. Cook is currently serving his second term as the alderman from North Ward, Position Two, after defeating incumbent Carl Birmingham in 2010. He also served two terms on city council in the late 1990's.
Cook recently retired after a long career with Legacy Equipment, and the previous owners of the local John Deere dealership, Piggott Tractor and Equipment. He and his wife, Pat, are also former local business owners.
The filing period for municipal races begins Friday, July 25, and runs through noon on Friday, Aug. 15.
Cook, along with Alderman Jamey Parks, stand for re-election this year while aldermen Jim Poole and Lester Edwards won't face re-election for two more years. Prior to 2010 all four of the Piggott aldermen faced re-election every two years, but in 2008 council members voted to change the system in an effort to off-set the terms. Under the new schedule, Cook and Parks are completing four year terms while Poole and Edwards are mid-way through their four year terms and are not scheduled to stand for re-election in 2016.
But, Poole has also announced his intentions to seek the office of mayor of Piggott, as current mayor, Gerald Morris, will not be seeking re-election. In the event his is elected, an appointee will be named to complete his unexpired term on city council.