November 17, 2011
One race on the November 8 ballot wasn’t decided until all votes were tallied early the following morning.
Steve Massengill was elected state representative District 13 with 53 percent of the vote. He narrowly defeated Billy Gray.
“It was close all night long,” said Massengill, who verified his win about 2 a.m. (November 9).
Massengill fills a House of Representatives seat vacated by Jack Gadd, who did not seek re-election and instead was voted Benton County superintendent of education.
“I’m very excited,” Massengill said. “I really look forward to it. It’s the first time I’ve gotten involved like this, and I know it will be a challenge.”
He has received lots of congratulations since the victory, including a special one from a fellow Republican at the nation’s capitol.
“Roger Wicker called and congratulated me,” Massengill said. “That was very exciting. It’s not every day that a U.S. senator calls you.”
Bill Stone was re-elected to a second term as state senator District 2.
He captured 70 percent of the vote districtwide, which covers all of Marshall and Benton counties and just more than half of Tippah County.
In Marshall County, he received 6,470 votes to Michael Cobb’s 2,424.
Keith Taylor claimed a fourth term as Marshall County supervisor District 3.
His vote total was 1,402 in the three precincts – Barton, Byhalia and Cayce. Terry Rodgers received 520.
“I’m very humbled by the vote I received,” Taylor said. “I want to thank my opponent for running a clean race.
“Almost 2,000 people voted in District 3, and that’s pretty good. I’m looking forward to serving another four years.”
He said growth is definitely coming to his district, with I-269 and Chickasaw Trail. He said calls are steady from possible industrial prospects, and that’s a credit to the board of supervisors, the Marshall County Industrial Development Authority and the town of Byhalia.
“I think we have to keep a good combination – residential and commercial,” Taylor said. “We have to preserve the people’s way of life, too.”
Winners in statewide and northern district races on November 8 included Phil Bryant, governor; Tate Reeves, lieutenant governor; Jim Hood, attorney general; Stacey Pickering, state auditor; Lynn Fitch (a native of Holly Springs), state treasurer; Cindy Hyde-Smith, commissioner of agriculture and commerce; Mike Chaney, insurance commissioner; Brandon Presley, public service commissioner; and Mike Tagert, transportation commissioner.
Marshall County voters favored all of those winners, except for Bryant, Hyde-Smith and Tagert.
Johnny L. Dupree was the top vote getter in the county in the governor’s race, Joel Gill in the commissioner of agriculture race and Ray Minor, who lives and owns a business in Marshall County, in the transportation commissioner race.
Two of three initiatives on the ballot were approved by Mississippi voters.
Initiative 27 (voter ID) and Initiative 31 (to limit eminent domain) passed. Initiative 26 (definition of ‘person’) did not pass.
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