Thursday, November 8, 2012
Wagg, Ables win school board posts
By BARRY BURLESON
Janice Wagg and Daniel Ables were elected to the Marshall County School Board in Tuesday’s election.
Wagg defeated Rebecca Podewils in the District 3 race. The unofficial total in the six precincts was 1,068 votes to 461.
Ables beat Lakisha Peterson in the District 4 race by a count of 1,160 to 568. The district includes eight precincts.
The two incumbents, Felicia Harvell (District 3) and Queen Dean (District 4), did not seek re-election.
Three candidates were seeking the election commissioner position for District 3 in Marshall County.
It appeared at press-time that long-time incumbent Virginia Armour was headed for a November 27 runoff with Clista Ash. Unofficial totals showed Armour with 932 votes (37 percent) and Ash with 807 (32 percent). Chris Podewils was close behind with 766 votes (31 percent).
Another local race of high interest was a special election for District 52 state representative, which includes a small portion of Marshall County and a bigger chunk of DeSoto County. Long-time legislator Tommy Woods of Byhalia retired earlier this year.
At press-time, it appeared headed to a November 27 runoff between Bill Kinkade and Jeremy Bryan. Kinkade led with 48 percent of the vote, to Bryan’s 27 percent and Van Wicker’s 24 percent.
The highlight of the general election ballot on a national level Tuesday was the race for president of the United States between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.
At press-time Tuesday, Democratic incumbent Barack Obama had been projected as the winner by national media sources. The headline on the Fox News website at 10:30 p.m. said, “Four more years.”
Marshall County voters heavily favored the Democratic ticket of President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. They received 59 percent of the vote locally to 40 percent for Republicans Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.
In the race for U.S. Senate, Republican incumbent Roger Wicker was declared the winner early in the night.
But in Marshall County, Wicker got just 41 percent of the vote. Democrat Albert N. Gore Jr. received 57 percent.
The same trend held true in the race for U.S. House of Representatives, First Congressional District.
Republican incumbent Alan Nunnelee was declared the winner districtwide by 9 p.m.
But in Marshall County, his Democratic challenger, Brad Morris, was the top vote getter with 55 percent to Nunnelee’s 42 percent.
The race for Supreme Court Justice, District 3 (Northern) Position 3, was hotly contested between Josiah Dennis Coleman and Richard (Flip) Phillips.
The Associated Press projected Coleman, an Oxford attorney, as the winner late Tuesday night.
In Marshall County, Coleman received 55 percent of the vote to Phillips’ 45 percent.
Circuit clerk Lucy Carpenter said there was a very heavy voter turnout Tuesday, and there were no major problems at the polls.
Turnout in Marshall County was 73 percent, with 16,255 votes cast. There are 22,370 registered voters in the county.
Absentee voting was about the same as four years ago, she said. More than 1,300 voted absentee.
The only ballots left to count Wednesday in Marshall County were affidavit ballots. Then the results will be certified.
It appeared at press-time Tuesday night that a runoff election will be held Tuesday, November 27, for a pair of races – Election Commissioner District 3 and State Representative District 52.
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