"I feel that I will be a great asset to the community," said Pates.
A runoff election was held on Tuesday between Amos Pates and Derrick Bell following a special election for alderman held Sept. 5.
The results for the runoff were Amos Pates, 143, and Derrick Bell, 123.
A special election was held on Sept. 5 to fill a seat vacated by Eulah Peterson and Pates and Bell received the most votes of five candidates.
According to the Secretary of State and the State of Mississippi, if no candidate receives majority of the votes in the special election, then a runoff election shall be held.
Pates was born and raised in Mound Bayou. He is married to Sandra Pates, and together they have three children and three grandchildren.
According to Pates, he and his wife have been active in the community for a very long time, and he plans to continue his endeavors.
He served as vice chair of the Beautification Committee in Mound Bayou for 15 years and served on the school board for 12 years.
"I have been very active in the community since 1976. Mound Bayou is my hometown and I want to make it flourish," added Pates.
Pates, 62, and has been employed for 8 years as a General Education Development teacher for Corrections Corporations of America in Tallahatchie.
"I want to make our founding fathers proud by improving education and trade in Mound Bayou," said Pates.
Pates is to begin his duties in October.