Lamar chancery clerk, supervisor seats headed to runoff

By HASKEL BURNS,

A crowded field in Tuesday's primary election in Lamar County prompted an Aug. 27 runoff election for several local positions, including Lamar County chancery clerk, District 3 supervisor and District 4 supervisor.

Six Republican candidates faced off for the chancery clerk position that will be vacated by current chancery clerk Wayne Smith, who is retiring at the end of this term. Because none of those candidates received 50 percent of the vote plus one vote, the two candidates with the most votes – Phillip Carlisle (2,741 votes) and Jamie Aultman (2,643 votes) – will meet again in the runoff election.

Carlisle and Aultman were trailed by candidates John Hale (2,395 votes), Cheree Sanders (1,943 votes), Melissa Breazeale Love (1,494 votes) and Terry Jarrell (1,060 votes).

Carlisle currently serves as District 4 supervisor but will vacate the post at the end of this term in his pursuit for the chancery clerk seat. He has served as supervisor for eight years and has a Master of Business degree from William Carey University and retired in 2006 from active duty in the Mississippi Army National Guard.

"I feel good; I feel very fortunate," Carlisle said after Tuesday's results came in. "I worked hard this summer, and I think every door we knocked on and everything that we did was necessary to be where we are today.

"It was real stiff competition, but it was a very friendly race by all the candidates. It's been hard, but it's very satisfying."

Aultman, a Sumrall resident, serves as human resources manager at the Mississippi Department of Transportation. A graduate of Sumrall High School, he is a member of Pine Ridge Baptist Church and the Sumrall Lions Club.

"I feel like if I can just get out and keep knocking on doors, I think it'll turn out well for me," Aultman said.

Four Republicans faced off Tuesday for the District 3 Supervisor seat that is being vacated by Joe Bounds, who will retire at the end of this term: Terry Bass, Larry Bracey, Robert Hedgepeth and James Smith. As the candidates that garnered the most votes, Terry Bass (1,281 votes) and Larry Bracey (728 votes) will face off in the runoff election.

Bracey is owner of CLB Transports and has an AAC degree from the University of Southern Mississippi. Bass has worked for Lamar County for 24 years, where he served as a foreman for seven years and is currently assistant road manager.

Robert Hedgepeth and James Smith, the other two candidates in the District 3 race, garnered 428 and 176 votes, respectively.

Seven Republican candidates were in the running to take over the District 4 position from Carlisle, with Mitch Brent (1,522 votes) and Tony E. Shifalo Jr. (662 votes) pulling in enough votes to advance to the runoff. They were followed by candidates J. Robert Burge (318 votes), Joshua Kent Grantham (338 votes), Brian McPhail (282 votes), Matthew L. Stuart (87 votes) and Eddie Thaggard (301 votes).

Shifalo, who is retired, holds a bachelor's degree in industrial technology from the University of Southern Mississippi, and is an active member of Immanuel Baptist Church and the Lake Serene Property Owners Association. Brent, who is a graduate of Oak Grove High School and Southern Miss, is a Shelter Insurance agent and has served on the boards of the Lake Serene Property Owners Association, the USM Dugout Club and the Oak Grove High School Warrior Club.

Because no Democrats or Independents are pursuing the chancery clerk or supervisor seats, the winner of the runoff will run unopposed in the November general election.

Overall, Lamar County boasted a 42.81 percent voter turnout rate, with 14,452 votes cast among the 33,762 registered voters in the county.

The following is a summary of results from other local elections throughout the county:

• Circuit clerk: Martin Hankins (R) 11,585. Hankins will run unopposed in the November general election.

• Sheriff: Danny Rigel (R) 11,805, Michael Rogowksi (D) 1,583. Rigel and Rogowski will face off in the general election.

• Tax assessor/collector: Jack Smith (R) 11,663. Smith will run unopposed in the general election.

• County attorney: Joseph "Jop" Parker (R) 11,524. Parker will run unopposed in the general election.

• Coroner: Blake J. Matherne (R) 6,806, Anna E. Miller (R) 5,003. Matherne will run unopposed in the general election.

• Surveyor: Hunter Andrews (R) 4,416, Marc A. Broome (R) 4,604, Jeremy Tynes (R) 2,228. Broome and Andrews will face off in the Aug. 27 runoff election.

• Supervisor District 1: Steve Lampton (R) 1,514. Lampton will run unopposed in the general election.

• Supervisor District 2: Warren Byrd (R) 1,536. Byrd will run unopposed in the general election.

• Supervisor District 5: Andrew "Billy" Clinton (R) 175, Jon Mark Herrington (R) 447, Dale Lucus (R) 2,244. Lucus will run unopposed in the general election.

• Justice Court Judge District 1: Bill Anderson (R) 2,525, David Breland (R) 1,091, Dena Hurst Semmons (D) 560. Anderson and Semmons will face off in the general election.

• Justice Court Judge District 2: Denton Plumlee (R) 3,379, Shronda Carter (D) 657. Plumlee and Carter will face off in the general election.

• Justice Court Judge District 3: Charles Greer (R) 4,498. Greer will run unopposed in the general election.

• District 1 Constable: Dearl Head (R) 744, Joey Walker (R) 2,774. Walker will run unopposed in the general election.

• District 2 Constable: Chance Curry (R) 2,425, Johnny P. Whitehead (R) 1,051. Curry will run unopposed in the general election.

• District 3 Constable: Scooter Coker (R) 1,864, Jimmy R. Daughdrill Sr. (R) 1,016, Abner Keith (R) 448, Lyn Thompson (R) 1,060. Coker and Thompson will face off in the runoff election.

• District Attorney, 15th Circuit: Hall Kittrell (R) 11,430. Kittrell will run unopposed in the general election.

• Senate District 41: Joey Fillingane (R) 1,551. Fillingane will run unopposed in the general election.

• Senate District 44: John A. Polk (R) 9,906. Polk will run unopposed in the general election.

• State House District 87: William E. "Billy" Andrews III (R) 1,279, Trey Harvison (R) 211, Ricardo Mussiett (R) 337, Joseph "Bubba" Tubb (R) 794.

• State House District 99: Bill Bigott (R) 1,070.

• State House District 100: Ken Morgan (R) 1,146.

• State House District 101: Gary L. Crist (R) 935, Kent McCarty (R) 5,179. McCarty will run unopposed in the general election.

• State House District 102: Missy Warren McGee (R) 56, Brandon Terrion Rue (D) 53. McGee and Rue will face off in the general election.

• State House District 106: John Glen Corley (R) 135, Greg Holcomb (R) 172, Jansen Owen (R) 77, Ben Winston (R) 153. This race also includes Pearl River County.

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