Thursday, January 20, 2011
Caldwell, Tagert in runoff; Ray Minor carries county
John Caldwell and Mike Tagert are advancing to a Tuesday, Feb. 1, runoff for Northern District transportation commissioner. They each received 21 percent of the vote in a seven-man race.
Caldwell, of Nesbit, is transportation director for the DeSoto County School District. Tagert, of Starkville, is president of the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway Council.
The special election was called by the governor to fill the vacancy created with the death of commissioner Bill Minor of Holly Springs on November 1.
The district covers 33 counties. Turnout for the special election was extremely low districtwide – also hampered by snow, ice and cold weather.
Candidate Ray Minor, Bill Minor’s brother, carried Marshall County. Only 2,016 people voted in Marshall. According to unofficial totals, Minor received 1,235 votes in his home county or 61 percent.
State representative Warner McBride from Courtland was a close third districtwide, getting 20 percent of the vote. Others in the race were Dennis Grisham, a Tippah County supervisor; Joey Hood of Itawamba County who is an assistate to the Northern District transporation commissioner and businessman Larry Lee of Grenada.
The winner of the runoff between Caldwell and Tagert will serve nearly the final year of a four-year term.
The commissioner position will be up for re-election in the regular round of statewide voting this year.
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