Thursday, August 25, 2011
Moore wins superintendent
By BARRY BURLESON
The Marshall County deputy superintendent of education won his race for the school district’s top job Tuesday night.
Jerry Moore, who was only a few votes from winning a four-person race in the first primary August 2, defeated Felicia Anderson Harvell in the runoff. According to unofficial totals, Moore got 2,692 votes to Harvell’s 1,585. Harvell is a member of the Marshall County School District Board of Trustees.
“I want to thank everyone who looked at qualifications and voted that way,” Moore said at the courthouse. “I thank my wife and family for all they’ve gone through.”
Incumbent superintendent Don Randolph did not seek re-election. Instead, he ran for state representative, District 13, which covers parts of Benton, Lafayette, Marshall and Union counties.
In the runoff totals from Marshall County only, Randolph received 1,106 votes to Billy B. Gray’s 925.
Unofficial totals from the other counties were not available at press-time, but the race appeared tight district-wide and too close to call.
In the race for justice court judge North District, Mae Garrison knocked off incumbent Eugene D. Brown Jr. Garrison got 1,433 votes to Brown’s 1,171. The two also faced each other in runoffs in 2003 and 2007 with Brown pulling out narrow wins.
“I hung in there,” Garrison said about facing Brown in three regular elections and one special election.
Charles Terry was elected District 1 county supervisor with 741 votes. His opponent, Conery DeBerry, got 526 votes. Terry will fill a seat in January of next year that is being vacating by a retiring Willie Flemon.
In a very close contest, Johnny Fitch was re-elected constable, North District, in Tuesday’s runoff election. He received 1,328 votes. Leon Cothern got 1,257.
Antjuan Lester is the new constable of the South District with an unofficial vote total of 2,103. Jesse Johnson received 1,733 votes.
The only other race in the Democratic Primary Runoff Election Tuesday was a statewide race for governor.
In Marshall County, Hattiesburg mayor Johnny L. Dupree led with 3,480 votes. Clarksdale attorney and developer Bill Luckett got 2,881.
Dupree also was on top of the tally statewide at press-time and had been declared the Democratic nominee.
He will face Republican Phil Bryant of Brandon in the November general election. Bryant is the current lieutenant governor.
There was also one race in the Republican Primary Runoff Election in the county Tuesday – that being for state treasurer.
Lynn Fitch, a native of Marshall County, carried her “home” county. She got 68 votes to Lee Yancey’s 23.
Fitch also grabbed an early lead statewide and maintained it. At press-time she had been declared the Republican nominee.
She will face Democrat Connie Moran in November. Moran is currently the mayor of Ocean Springs.
Turnout was low in Marshall County – approximately 34 percent, according to circuit clerk Lucy Carpenter.
Unofficial totals were tallied by about 9:30 p.m.
Final results, including precinct-by-precinct returns, will be posted on the newspaper’s website, www.southreporter.com, as soon as they become available this week.
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