Six more file for this year’s countywide elections

Published 12:00 am Friday, January 24, 2003

Six more candidates, including two first-time office seekers, have filed qualifying papers to run for county offices in this fall’s elections.

The political newcomers are Reginald King Sr., 56, for District 4 supervisor, and Trey Miller, 36, for circuit clerk.

Filing for re-election are Justice Court Judge Richard Bradford III, 59, Central District; coroner John A. Thomason III; District 1 Supervisor David McDonald, 52; and Tax Collector Patricia Simrall, 56.

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The deadline to file for candidacy in the races is March 1. The previously announced deadline, Feb. 28, was clarified by the Attorney General’s Office to actually be the next day, a Saturday.

King has lived in Vicksburg for 38 years and owns the U.S. 61 South automobile service businesses Hillcrest Service Center and R & K Towing.

Miller said he is a self-employed home builder. Since 1991, he has held posts in management, sales and information and marketing, he said.

Bradford, seeking a second four-year term, also has worked at Jefferson Funeral Home since 1974.

Thomason, who manages Fisher Funeral Home, was appointed coroner in 2000 and was elected later that year.

McDonald, who owns a transmission-repair business, was elected supervisor in 1999.

Simrall, who was appointed tax collector in December 1993, is seeking her third term.

One other candidate, Carl Flanders, 33, had filed for District 4 supervisor

The names of King and Flanders, both independents, will appear on general election ballots in November. The incumbent is Bill Lauderdale, who had not filed for re-election.

The other candidate who had filed in the race for circuit clerk as of Tuesday was independent Mike Caruthers, 47. Miller filed to run as a Republican, meaning his name will appear on ballots in that party’s primary.

Party primaries are set for Aug. 5 with the general election to follow on Nov. 4. Mississippi has races this year for governor and other statewide offices, all 174 legislative seats and 20 county positions.

No filings for state district or legislative offices were being reported by the Secretary of State’s Office Wednesday.

Bradford was the first to file for justice court judge from his district.

The three additions brought to 12 the number of candidates who have filed qualifying papers to run for county offices this year.

Others who have filed for elections this year are:

Dot McGee, 65, chancery clerk, Democrat.

Rudolph Walker, 49, Central District constable, Democrat.

Eddie Hoover, 38, Northern District constable, independent.

Joe Crevitt, 65, Southern District justice court judge, Democrat.

Michael Mayfield, 44, District 2 supervisor, Democrat.

Charles L. Selmon, 43, District 3 supervisor, Democrat.

Joe Wooley, 60, District 5 supervisor, independent.