Two unopposed win county posts

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Appointees to two Warren County positions will keep their jobs, but two others will have opposition on special election ballots Nov. 3.

The qualifying deadline was Friday and its passing affirms:

• Tax Collector Antonia Flaggs Jones drew no opponent and will, by law, be appointed by supervisors, probably Thursday, to serve in the post until the next county and state general election, which will be in 2011. Jones, who had been a deputy in the office, was appointed in June after 15-year incumbent Pat Simrall retired in May.

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• District 3 Election Commissioner Elva Smith-Tolliver drew no opponent and will be appointed to serve until the next presidential election cycle in 2012. Smith-Tolliver was appointed after no one sought the post on November 2008 ballots.

• Voters in District 5 will choose between Lonnie Wooley and Gordon Cordes, a retired engineer, for the District 5 election commission seat. Wooley is serving in the post, having been appointed in April by supervisors when incumbent Gordon “Motor” Carr stepped down.

• Voters in the Southern District will choose among Jeff Crevitt, Lisa Anglin Counts and Sally Sheffield McDaniel for one of the county’s three justice court judgeships. Crevitt, a former sheriff’s deputy, was appointed to the bench in July after the death of his father, Joe Crevitt, that month. Counts is an attorney and former court administrator. McDaniel is an employee of Sheffield Rentals.

The tax collector’s office receives property tax payments and fees on real estate and vehicles for the county, and, by contract, for the City of Vicksburg.

In Mississippi, justice court judges hear small claims civil cases involving debts up to $3,500, misdemeanor criminal cases and any traffic offenses that occur outside municipalities. Justice court judges also conduct bond hearings and preliminary hearings in felony criminal cases and may issue search warrants.

Election commissioners are elected to four-year terms from each of the five supervisor districts. They enroll voters, assign them polling places, prepare ballots, certify non-party candidates, conduct all general and special elections and certify results to the Secretary of State’s Office. 


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