races go to Aug. 28 runoff
• Democratic Senate vote pits Stone vs. Boyd
By SUE WATSON
Five races on the Democratic primary
ticket are set for a runoff August 28. Voters will decide between two
candidates in each of five races - coroner, senator District 2, tax
assessor, justice court judge North and state auditor.
For the candidates, the outcome may hinge
on getting voters to go back to the polls, possibly again in the heat.
Turnout for runoff races traditionally falls behind the first primary
race, according to Lucy Carpenter, circuit clerk.
Voter turnout for the August 7 election
was about 50 percent of the eligible registered voters.
Undecided Primary races
The Democratic party primary run-off
for tax assessor is a race to watch with Juanita M. Dillard facing off
with Donna Fitch Olita. Dillard took 32.5 percent of the votes to Olita’s
27 percent in the August 7 election. Both work as deputy tax assessors.
Another to watch is the justice court
judge North District race in which Mae Garrison goes head-to-head with
incumbent Eugene D. Brown Jr. . The two were in the runoff in 2003.
Garrison received 30.7 percent of the vote in the August 7 primary to
Brown’s 26 percent. Garrison works as deputy clerk in Marshall
County Justice Court.
In the coroner’s race, James Richard
Anderson faces incumbent John Garrison August 28. Garrison took 40 percent
of the vote August 7 while Anderson got 36 percent.
The District 2 Senate race on the Democratic
party ticket goes to a runoff between Bill Stone of Ashland and Henry
Boyd Jr. of Holly Springs. Stone took 41.5 percent of the district-wide
votes to Boyd’s 27.6 percent in the August 7 primary.
The state auditor’s runoff with
feature Democratic candidates Mike Sumrall and Todd Brand.
Decided primary races
With official election results in, the
following candidates won their races and do not face challengers in
the November 6 general election:
Shirley Byers won the county attorney’s
race with 53 percent of the vote.
Kenny Dickerson gets a fourth term as sheriff
after taking 72 percent of the vote.
Don Randolph takes a second term as superintendent
of education winning, 55 percent voter approval.
Incumbent tax collector Betty Byrd was unopposed.
Incumbent circuit clerk Lucy Carpenter was unopposed.
Incumbent District 2 Supervisor Eddie Dixon
Incumbent District 3 Supervisor Keith Taylor
Incumbent District 4 Supervisor George Zinn
III took 69 percent of the votes.
Incumbent Constable South District Don Cothern
received 65 percent of the vote.
Incumbent District 3 Attorney Ben Creekmore
Incumbent Commissioner of Transportation North
District Bill Minor cleared the county-wide race with 78 percent
of the vote and also carried the district-wide vote Minor has no
opponent in November.
Republican party incumbent for the House District
52 race, Tommy Woods, was unopposed.
Races to be decided in November
Incumbent chancery clerk Chuck Thomas, unopposed
in the Democratic primary, faces Republican candidate Tim Wilson
Incumbent District 1 Supervisor Willie Flemon
Jr. took 62 percent of the primary vote and faces Republican party
opponent Scott Foster in November.
Incumbent District 5 Supervisor Ronnie Joe Bennett
got 54 percent of the vote and goes up against Republican party
opponent Edward Overall in November.
Incumbent Constable North District Johnny Fitch
took 54 percent of the vote and faces Republican party opponent
George W. Kahrs in November.
The Democratic party winner in the August 28
Senate seat runoff, either Henry Boyd Jr. or Bill Stone, faces incumbent
Republican party candidate and incumbent Ralph Doxey in November.
State District 5 Representative Kelvin O. Buck
was unopposed in the Democratic party primary. He faces Republican
party opponent James Richard Dunworth, who won his party’s
primary race with 69 percent of the vote.
In a state race of interest locally, Byhalia
native Gary Anderson won the Democratic race for insurance commissioner,
knocking out incumbent commissioner George Dale. Anderson faces
off with the winner of the Republican Party primary, Mike Chaney,
Jack Gadd, incumbent for House of Representatives
District 13, had no opponent in the Democratic primary but faces
Republican Party opponent John Helmert in November.
Democratic party winner John Arthur Eaves Jr.
faces incumbent Haley Barbour in the race for governor in November.
Unopposed Democratic party primary candidate
for lieutenant governor James “Jamie” R. Franks faces
Republican party primary winner Phil Bryant in November.
The August 28 runoff winner between Mike Sumrall
and Todd Brand faces Republican party candidate Stacey E. Pickering
Robert H. Smith, winner of the Democratic primary
for secretary of state, faces Republican party primary winner Delbert
Hosemann in November.
Jim Hood, unopposed in the Democratic primary
race for attorney general faces Republican party candidate Al Hopkins
Shawn O’Hara, unopposed Democratic contender
for state treasurer, goes up against Republican party candidate
Tate Reeves in November.
Rickey Cole, unopposed Democratic contender
for commissioner of agriculture, faces incumbent Republican party
winner Lester Spell.
Brandon Presley, Democratic primary winner for
the Northern District public service commissioner, faces Republican
party candidate Mabel Murphree in November.