Carlisle, incumbents earn victories

Published 10:29 am Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Warren County’s Board of Supervisor will have a new face come January when John Carlisle takes over for Bill Lauderdale, who chose to not seek another term as District 4 supervisor.

In Districts 3 and 5, incumbents Charles Selmon and Richard George were elected to new terms.

In the Warren County District 3 Supervisor race, Democrat Charles Selmon defeated Independent Eros Smith in the general election Tuesday.

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Unofficial results had Selmon with 1,298 votes to Smith’s 582 votes, winning by 69 percent of the vote.

“I’m going to try hard to move Warren County forward,” Selmon said.

Selmon was glad both candidates ran a clean race and he said they both worked hard on their campaign. Earlier Tuesday Selmon spoke with Smith at the polls and told him it had been a good race. There are no hard feelings between the two men, he said.

“I think we fought a fair and a very food fight, a very clean campaign,” Smith said. “Congratulations to the incumbent on winning another term in office. I wish him nothing but the upmost blessings.”

Selmon wanted to thank the residents of District 3 for their continued support.

“I thank the residents of District 3 for trusting and believing in me for another term,” Selmon said.

Smith hopes the election makes Selmon realizes District 3 wants to do better and he hopes Selmon will be able to do so.

Selmon is now looking forward to building Warren County up on economic development. Progressive thinking is needed to be productive, he said.

“We can’t stay relaxed,” Selmon said. “We’re going to have to get more progressive in our thinking in order for the next 10 years or 20 years to be productive. As the board of supervisors we’re going to have to be more progressive in our thinking.”

Smith said he would consider running again if the people ask him to.

John Carlisle takes office in January as District 4’s new supervisor.

Carlisle, a Republican, defeated Democrat Casey Fisher.

Complete but unofficial returns showed Carlisle with 1,201 votes, or 62 percent of the 1,932 total votes cast in the election, to 731 for Fisher, winning three of the district’s four precincts. Fisher won the Jett precinct.

“I am so happy, Pat’s (his girlfriend) happy. I want to thank everyone that voted for me and supported me. I appreciate them so much,” Carlisle said. “It’s amazing to have so many friends.”
“God bless Warren County, and I pray that the voters get what they expect from the candidate they elected,” Fisher said.

Carlisle takes office in January. “I plan to keep my mouth shut and learn what’s going on,” he said. “I’m going into something brand new and I’m going to listen a lot.”

Carlisle finished first in a three-way primary race and then won a runoff race against Marty Crevitt in August to win the Republic nomination for the District 4 seat.

Fisher, who finished second to Lauderdale in the 2011 general election, defeated Gary L. Cooper in the Democratic primary.

District 5 Supervisor Richard George returns to the Warren County Board of Supervisors for a sixth term, defeating challenger Joe Wooley in Tuesday’s general election.

Complete but unofficial returns show George won all of the distirct’s five precincts, getting 1,538, or 55 percent of the total 2,796 votes cast, to 1,258 for Wooley.

“I’m glad the voters decided to keep me on board and I appreciate their support deeply,” George said.

“I hope to see some type of economic improvement so we can deal with the problems we have yet to be able to deal with, because we couldn’t afford to deal with them.”

“There’s not much to tell,” Wooley said. “He beat me fair and square.”

The election marked the fourth time Wooley had challenged George for the District 5 seat.

He ran as a Republican and had no opposition in the August Republican primary.

George ran as an independent.

Alana Norris also contributed to this report.

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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