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State, local races up for grabs Tuesday

Voters return to the polls Tuesday to decide who will run Warren County and the state for the next four years.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday for the general election. Absentee voting ended Saturday.

As of mid-afternoon Friday, 720 people had cast absentee ballots. A total of 558 absentee ballots were cast in the 2015 election, when 41 percent of the voters turned out for state and county elections. The county presently has 29,425 registered voters.

Eight contested county elections will be on the ballot Tuesday, with three incumbent supervisors facing challengers. Voters in the races for District 3 and 4 supervisor will each elect a new supervisor. District 3 Supervisor Charles Selmon and District 4 Supervisor John Carlisle were defeated in the first primary in August.

District 1 Supervisor John Arnold faces Ed Herring on a repeat of the 2015 general election, which Arnold won by 54 votes. In District 2, incumbent Supervisor William Banks faces Stan Collins, while in District 3, newcomers Shawn Jackson and David Sharp seek to replace Selmon.

The District 4 race in contest for Carlisle’s seat is between Marty Crevitt and former U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center director Jeff Holland. In District 5, incumbent Supervisor Richard George is challenged by Kelle Barfield and Carl Campbell.

Other local contested races include Warren County sheriff, where Sheriff Martin Pace faces challenges from Lee Kennedy and Joseph Stubbs, and county prosecutor, where Ken Harper and Stephen McMillin challenge incumbent Ricky Johnson.

Chancery Clerk Donna Farris Hardy, Circuit Clerk Jan Hyland Daigre, Tax Assessor Ben Luckett, Tax Collector Antonia Flaggs-Jones and District Attorney Ricky Smith are unopposed, as are the county’s Justice Court judges, constables and coroner.

Two statewide races of local interest include the governor’s race, where Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and Attorney General Jim Hood, a Democrat are seeking the seat being vacated by Gov. Phil Bryant, who is prohibited by state law from seeking a third term.

In the lieutenant governor’s race, Secretary of State and Vicksburg native Delbert Hosemann, a Republican is challenged by Democrat Jay Hughes. In another race involving a Vicksburg native, incumbent Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney, a Republican is challenged by Democrat Robert E. Amos.

Other contested state races include attorney general, secretary of state, state treasurer, commissioner of agriculture, and the seats on the state Transportation and Public Service commissions.

State Auditor Shad White is unopposed for his office as are Sen. Briggs Hopson III, District 55 Rep. Oscar Denton and District 54 Rep. Kevin Ford. Stephanie McKenzie Foster, who defeated incumbent Rep. Deborah Butler Dixon in August for the District 63 House seat is unopposed, as is District 85 Rep. Jeffery Harness.

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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