Thursday, August 11, 2011
Runoff Aug. 23
By BARRY BURLESON
Six local races will be decided in the Tuesday, Aug. 23, Democratic Primary Runoff.
Still up for grabs are the positions of superintendent of education, supervisor District 1, constable North, constable South, justice court judge North and state representative District 13.
Jerry Moore, deputy superintendent, and Felicia Anderson Harvell, school board member, will go head-to-head for the job of Marshall County superintendent of education. Moore received 49.63 percent of the vote in the four-person race last week and Harvell 23 percent. Incumbent Don Randolph did not seek re-election to the position.
Charles Terry and Conery DeBerry survived a four-man field in the race for supervisor District 1. Terry led the ticket with 38.96 percent of the vote, while DeBerry was second with 31.75 percent. The August 23 winner will fill the seat to be vacated in December by Willie Flemon, who did not seek re-election.
Both constable positions are still undecided.
In the North District, the runoff is between incumbent Johnny Fitch and Leon Cothern. Fitch received 36.87 percent of the vote in the August 2 Democratic Primary to Cothern’s 28.14 percent. There were five people in the race.
Antjuan Lester and Jesse Johnson are runoff candidates for constable of the South District after being the top two vote-getters in a six-candidate field. Lester got 29.42 percent of the vote and Johnson 19.09 percent.
Mae Garrison and incumbent Eugene Brown were neck-and-neck August 2 in the four-person battle for justice court judge North. They reached the runoff with Garrison getting 31.70 percent of the vote and Brown 30.36 percent.
There will also be a runoff in two weeks for state representative District 13. The candidates are Don Randolph, the leading vote-getter from the August 2 primary, and Billy B. Gray.
The Democratic Primary Runoff ballot will also include a statewide race for governor between Johnny Dupree and Bill Luckett. The winner will face Republican nominee Phil Bryant in the November General Election.
The lone race on the Republican Runoff ballot August 23 will be for state treasurer between Lynn Fitch, a native of Marshall County, and Lee Yancey.
Circuit clerk Lucy Carpenter said absentee ballots for the runoff should be available this week.
Absentee voting will be available in her office during regular hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, plus the office will be open from 8 a.m. to 12 noon Saturday, Aug. 13, and Saturday, Aug. 20 (which will be last day to vote absentee in person). Absentee ballots requested by mail must be back in the circuit clerk’s office by 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 22.
She said people who are physically incapacitated and requested a ballot be sent to them for the first primary will automatically be mailed one for the runoff.
Returning to office for another four-year term are chancery clerk Chuck Thomas, circuit clerk Lucy Carpenter, coroner James Richard Anderson, county attorney Shirley Byers, sheriff Kenny Dickerson, tax assessor Juanita Dillard, tax collector Betty Byrd, justice court judge South Ernest Cunningham and supervisors Eddie Dixon, George Zinn and Ronnie Joe Bennett. That list also includes state representatives Kelvin Buck and Tommy Woods.
District 3 supervisor Keith Taylor coasted to victory in the Democratic Primary last week and will face Republican challenger Terry Rodgers in the November General Election.
Bill Stone, District 2 state senator, also easily won the Democratic Primary race August 2 with 73 percent of the vote. He will go against Republican Michael Cobb in November.
Marshall Countian Ray Minor, a candidate for Northern District transportation commissioner, was unopposed in the Democratic Primary, as was incumbent Mike Tagert in the Republican Primary. The two will face each other on the November ballot.
For final results from the August 2 Democratic and Republican primaries in Marshall County, including precinct by precinct totals, go to the paper’s website – www.southreporter.com.
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