Thursday, October 27, 2011
General election nears
By BARRY BURLESON
Election day is less than two weeks away.
The November 8 ballot in Marshall County includes 12 races with opposition, 20 unopposed candidates and three statewide initiatives.
The only county position up for grabs is supervisor, District 3, where Democratic incumbent Keith Taylor is challenged by Republican candidate Terry Rodgers.
All others are unopposed.
For State Senate, District 2, Democratic incumbent Bill Stone faces Republican foe Michael Cobb.
Seeking the State House of Representatives, District 13, seat are Democrat Billy B. Gray and Republican Steve E. Massengill.
Incumbent Rep. Jack Gadd did not seek re-election. He is running for superintendent of education in Benton County.
There are also a couple of Northern District races on the November ballot.
Running for public service commissioner are Democratic incumbent Brandon Presley and Republican Boyce Adams.
Running for transportation commissioner are Republican incumbent Mike Tagert and Democrat Ray Minor, a Marshall Countian and brother of the late commissioner, Bill Minor.
Statewide races include governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general, state auditor, state treasurer, commissioner of agriculture and commerce, and commissioner of insurance.
For governor, the candidates are Democrat Johnny L. Dupree and Republican Phil Bryant.
Republican incumbent Gov. Haley Barbour is concluding his two-term, eight-year limit.
Another state race of high interest in Marshall County is for state treasurer. One of the candidates is a Marshall native, Lynn Fitch. The Republican nominee faces Democrat Connie Moran and Reform candidate Shawn O’Hara on November 8.
Mississippi voters will also vote yes or no on three proposed initiatives.
Initiative #26 – Should the term “person” be defined to include every human being from the moment of fertilization, cloning, or the equivalent thereof?
Initiative #27 – Should the Mississippi Constitution be amended to require a person to submit government-issued photo identification in order to vote?
Initiative #31 – Should government be prohibited from taking private property by eminent domain and then transferring it to other persons?
Absentee balloting is available for anyone who will be out of town Tuesday, Nov. 8. This includes students, military families, and those who will be traveling. Absentee ballots may be cast in the circuit clerk’s office for those who qualify, or a voter can request a ballot be mailed to their address.
In the case of voting absentee by mail, the ballot must arrive in the Marshall County circuit clerk’s office by 5 p.m. November 7, in order to be counted, Lucy Carpenter said.
Anyone who is disabled, who is temporarily living out of the county on election day, or who is 65 years of age and older may request a mail-out ballot.
The circuit clerk’s office will be open Saturday, October 29, and Saturday, November 5, for absentee voting in person.
Polling places will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on election day, November 8.
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