Voters go to polls Nov. 3 to decide races, school initiatives

Published 12:00 am Sunday, November 1, 2015

Warren County voters go to the polls Tuesday to cast ballots in seven county races, statewide and legislative races and to decide the future of funding for elementary and secondary education in Mississippi in general elections.

The county’s 22 polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

A total of 12 county offices are unopposed: District Attorney, Chancery Clerk, Circuit Clerk, Coroner, Prosecuting Attorney, Tax Collector, District 2 Supervisor, Central District Justice Court, South District Judge, Central District Constable, North District Constable and South District Constable.

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The members of the county’s legislative delegation are also unopposed.

There are seven contested races.

In the race for Warren County Sheriff, incumbent Martin Pace, who is running as an independent, faces challengers Democrat Lionel P. Johnson Sr. and Republican Leon Kennedy.

“Everything is going good,” Johnson said of his campaign. “I think I did a good job getting my message out that (information on) crime has been muzzled, and I’m giving the people an option. It’s up to the people.”

Pace said he considered it to be an honor to serve as sheriff “of one of the best communities in our state.”

He said a comparison of 1994 and 2014 county crime statistics showed that crimes like murder, rape, robbery aggravated assault and burglary were down.

“This can be contributed to citizens who truly care about their community and to the hard work of the men and women of the sheriff’s office today,” he said.

Attempts to contact Republican sheriff’s candidate Leon Kennedy were unsuccessful.

Tax Assessor Angela Brown, a Democrat, has one challenger, Ben Luckett, a former appraiser for the that assessor’s office.

“It’s going great; I’m excited,” Brown said. “It has been a privilege and an honor to have the voter’s support, their confidence where I continue being the best steward of the tax assessor’s office as I have in the last four years. My staff and I delivered fair and accurate assessment to all taxpayers according to state laws and the Mississippi Department of Revenue guidelines”

“It’s been a good campaign,” said Luckett, who is running as a Republican. “Overall, support’s been good; I’ve really enjoyed it. The people have been real great. I think it’s been a good race. I just would like for the people to consider me. I think all the appraisals need to be done in-house appraisers, and maybe we can keep some of our tax dollars in Warren County.”

In the District 1 Supervisor’s race, incumbent Republican Supervisor John Arnold faces challenges from two independent candidates, Ed Gregory Gibson and Edward Herring.

“I think the election’s been going pretty good, “ Arnold said. “I look forward to continue serving the people. I was able to accomplish a good bit, but there’s a lot more work to be done, and I think I have the experience and the knowledge to get things accomplished.”

“There’s lot of changes the way this county’s run as far as the supervisors are concerned that I think would be beneficial for this county,” Gibson said. “Supervisor, according to state law, is a part-time job. I’d like to see it be full-time.”’

Herring called campaigning for supervisor “hard work. I’ve been trying to meet as many people as possible.”

Incumbent District Supervisor Charles Selmon has one opponent in the race, independent Eros Smith.

“We’ve just basically been knocking on doors and asking people for their support,” Selmon said. “I’ll be glad when Tuesday’s come and gone.”

“I did not realize, until I got into this race how big the district is,” Smith said. “From the greater consensus I’ve gotten from the people, their vision (for the county) is almost like mine. They want to see change. They would like to see a better District 3.”

John Carlisle, who won the Republican nomination for District 4 Supervisor in the August primary faces Democrat Casey Fisher Tuesday. Incumbent Supervisor Bill Lauderdale did not seek re-election.

“So far, the campaign has been going good, maybe I’ll get a chance to make one last push,” Carlisle said. “I hope we can get the voters to turn out. I just appreciate everyone who’s helped me in this campaign.”

Fisher also said his campaign was “going great. It’s been an experience meeting people I haven’t met before in District 4. I’ve done all I feel I can do and wait and see what the public does.”

In District 5, incumbent Supervisor Richard George faces one challenger, Republican Joe Wooley.

“I’m about as ready as I’m going be for Tuesday, Nov. 3, election day,” Wolley said.

“It’s been a good campaign. I just hope everybody gets out and votes,” George said.

About John Surratt

John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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