Carlisle defeats Crevitt in runoff

Published 11:40 am Wednesday, August 26, 2015

With nearly 53 percent of the votes, John Carlisle won the District 4 Supervisor Republican primary runoff Tuesday.

Carlisle defeated opponent Marty Crevitt with 326 votes to Crevitt’s 291.

“I’m happier than a pig in the sunshine,” he said upon hearing the results.

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Carlisle said now he’s got the general election to look forward to.

“The way we have elections we have to do this all over again, but I know where all the houses are,” he said. “I’m so proud they came out to vote and voted for me. I’m tickled to death.”

Carlisle said Crevitt ran a clean race against him and he was thankful for that.

Carlisle has worked in a county mobile home business and formerly served as a trustee of the Vicksburg Warren School District. He was nominated to the bridge commission by Bill Lauderdale and approved unanimously.

Crevitt said he does plan to run for office again.

“I’m a Warren County citizen, and I’m not going anywhere,” he said. “I’ll be back next time its available.”

Crevitt said he could not thank his supporters enough.

“I appreciate all of the voters who voted for me and all the people who supported me throughout this entire election process,” he said. “My hat falls to them.”

As for the general election, Crevitt said he isn’t backing either candidate, but rather he plans to support whoever wins the seat.

Carlisle will go on to face Democrat Casey Fisher in November’s general election. Fisher finished second to District 4 Supervisor Bill Lauderdale in the 2011 election. Lauderdale decided not to seek a seventh term on the board. There are no independent candidates running for the District 4 seat.

Fisher defeated Gary L. Cooper in the Democratic primary, winning all four precincts in the Democratic primary, getting 288 votes, or 70.59 percent, to 117, or 28.69 percent for Cooper.

Crevitt and Carlisle finished the first primary within 28 votes of each other, with Crevitt getting 375 votes, to 347 votes. Wayne Muirhead III was third with 221 votes or 23.04 percent.

Tuesday, 900 ballots were cast at the polls, equaling three percent of all registered voters in Warren County.



Only four precincts were able to vote in the district 4 supervisor race, but all 22 precincts were able to vote for the democratic nominee for Transportation Central District. For that race, Warren County voters put up 48 votes for Robert Amos and 250 votes for Mary H. Coleman.

The county will sometimes see 40 to 45 percent, but the election three weeks ago saw only a 27 percent of the voters turn out, said Sara Carlson Dionne, chairman of the election commission and commissioner for district 4.

“Our voter turnout was incredibly low,” she said. “It’s unfortunate that people don’t take advantage of our right and freedom to vote.”