Carpenter concedes tight Circuit Court Judge race to Terrett

Published 6:57 pm Saturday, November 10, 2018

Angela Carpenter has conceded the race for 9th Circuit Court District Judge Place 1 to Toni Terrett.

Carpenter, an assistant 9th District Attorney, conceded the election in a post Friday on her Facebook page.

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Unofficial returns showed Carpenter with 2,858 votes, 153 votes less than Terrett, who has 3,011. A total of about 20 ID ballots in Warren, Issaquena and Sharkey counties, where voters without IDs cast ballots, remain to be counted, and should be resolved by sometime Friday.

“Good evening family, friends and supporters of Warren, Sharkey Issaquena counties. Thanks to each of you for your love, prayers and support throughout the campaign and especially during the last three days. Unfortunately, the election results were not in my favor…a very close margin though. Nevertheless, God is still in control and He has even greater plans in store for me,” Carpenter wrote.

“I am so very proud of the clean, respectable and aggressive campaign my committee ran. We would not have run it any other way. It has been a pleasure meeting so many of you, whether we were hanging out at events or fellowshipping at church.

“I enjoyed it all! I am truly humbled by the love and support you’ve shown me. May God continue to bless and keep you. Congratulations to our new Circuit Court Judge.”

Contacted Saturday, Terrett said she enjoyed campaigning “and getting to meet the citizens of Warren, Sharkey and Issaquena counties, and I’m thankful for the example and legacy that Judge (Isadore) Patrick has left for me to follow and build on, and I do look forward to serving the community as a circuit court judge and I want to thank the voters of Warren, Sharkey and Issaquena counties.

“I want to acknowledge Angela Carpenter for a great campaign, and I think this race brought the best out in both of us and I wish her well in he future endeavors.”

Terrett’s tentative victory means she will be stepping down as Vicksburg Municipal Judge.

If the results stay as they are, Mayor George Flaggs Jr. said, “I will submit the name of someone to replace Judge Terrett at the Dec. 3 meeting (of the Board of Mayor and Aldemen).”

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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