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Lumon May pre-filed on Aug. 29 for Escambia County Commission District 3. The seat is currently held by Marie Young, who was appointed to the position by Republican Gov. Jeb Bush in 2002. Since District 3 was established as a district with a majority of minority voters in 1983, the district has had only two commissioners–Young and Willie Junior.

Young, who turns 77 on Aug. 31, has announced that she will not run for a third term.

May is considered the favorite in the crowded field. The advantage May has is that he was born and raised in District 3, living his early years in Morris Court, the oldest public housing development in Pensacola.

May has spent most of his adult life working with inner-city youth, organizing and running youth sports first for the Salvation Army and today for the City of Pensacola. Several of his players have earned college scholarships.

He still lives near Morris Court and is highly visible because of his more than 25 years of work and service in the community and his campaign for the Florida House District 3 seat in 2008.

No African-American candidate in Pensacola history has earned as much support as May did in 2008. The House race included 18 of the 21 precincts that currently exist in Escambia County Commission District 3. May earned 73 percent of the vote in those precincts in 2008 and captured 16 of the 18 precincts against an incumbent.

HUGH WIGGINS CASE THROWN OUT The case against Hugh Wiggins, husband of Pamela Long Wiggins, has been thrown out by a Mississippi judge. Wiggins had been indicted as an accessory to the 2009 home invasion and murders of Byrd and Melanie Billings.

Five men broke into the home of the Beulah couple. Patrick Gonzalez, the group leader, shot and killed the pair. A small safe was stolen from the residence. The five intruders, two drivers and Pamela Wiggins were arrested within a week. Gonzalez was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death. The other six participants have been convicted of lesser offenses.

The judge ruled that the immunity granted to Wiggins by the local state attorney applied in Mississippi, too. Law enforcement officers were able to recover in Jackson County, Miss. the guns used in the crime with Hugh Wiggins’ cooperation.