One sitting supervisor was defeated while the remaining supervisors vying to keep their posts held onto their seats in this week’s county election.
The Yazoo County Board of Supervisors will see two new faces in the upcoming year with the arrival of Danny “Lee” Moore Jr. in District 1 and David Shipp in District 4.
Yazoo will also have a native son in the Senate with Joseph Thomas Sr. securing the District 22 seat.
The county board and Senate race were the highlights of this week’s county election, which had a larger than normal voter turnout. About 44 percent of registered voters participated in this year’s election.
“I think we had a larger percentage of voter turnout because of the governor’s race, and we had so many local candidates on the ballot,” said Yazoo County Circuit Clerk Robert Coleman, who also secured his county post with a victory.
Sheriff Jacob Sheriff held onto to his post with 51.46 percent of the vote, a total of 4,199 votes. Republican challenger Jeff Curtis gained 32.34 percent, 2,639 votes; and Independents Kenneth Hampton had 13 percent, 1,061 votes, and Theodis Freeman had 3.2 percent, 261 votes.
In District 1, incumbent Van Foster was defeated by Republican challenger Danny “Lee” Moore Jr. Moore secured the post with 30.15 percent of the vote, 635 votes. Independent James Douglas was close behind with 27.40 percent, 577 votes, followed by Democrat Edward “Tra” Ferrell with 15.81 percent, 333 votes. Foster had 15.53 percent, 327 votes. And Independent Carl Shaffer had 11.11 percent, 234 votes.
Incumbent David Berry will hold onto the District 2 seat with 47.58 percent, 903 votes. Democrat challenger Remona Suttlar had 39.30 percent, 746 votes. And Independent Joshua Waters had 13.01 percent, 247 votes.
Incumbent Willie Wright will also hold his District 3 seat with 54.23 percent, 667 votes. Democrat challenger Cynthia Walker had 36.42 percent, 448 votes. And Independent Melinda Dees had 9.27 percent, 114 votes.
Newcomer David Shipp will assume the District 4 seat, which incumbent Jayne Dew did not pursue in this election. Shipp had 54.43 percent, 872 votes. Democrat challenger Marcia Arp had 45.51 percent, 729 votes.
With no challengers, incumbent Cobie Collins returns to his District 5 post. The unchallenged seat, however, did have seven write-in votes.
Incumbent Quint Carver returns to his post as Chancery Clerk with no challengers. But there were 16 write-in votes as well.
Incumbent Robert Coleman will remain the county’s Circuit Clerk with 65.66 percent, 5,127 votes. Independent challenger Erin Williams had 34.29 percent, 2,677 votes.
Incumbent Ricky Shivers will serve as the county Coroner again with 84.64 percent, 6,760 votes. Republican challenger Stuart Bass had 15.35 percent, 1,226 votes.
With no challengers, Incumbent John Donaldson will return as the county attorney.
Democrat Denise Robertson secured the county Tax Assessor post with 44.69 percent, 3,393 votes. Independent challengers Susan Jenkins had 32.82 percent, 2,492 votes, and Linda Brown had 22.39 percent, 1,700 votes.
Incumbent Tommy Irvine holds onto to his seat as county Tax Collector with 61.33 percent, 4,793 votes. Independent challenger Ashley Saxton had 38.63 percent, 3,019 votes.
The county’s Justice Court judges will remain in their seats. For the Southern District, Incumbent Bennie “K” Warrington had 78.41 percent, 2,440 votes. His Independent challenger Scott Sones had 21.53 percent, 670 votes. For the Northern District, Incumbent Pam May had 66.95 percent, 2,960 votes. Her Democrat challenger Calvin Thomas had 32.96 percent, 1,457 votes.
The new Northern Constable will be Jeremy McCoy with 40.64 percent, 1,816 votes. Republican Sean Echols followed with 25.20 percent, 1,126 votes. Incumbent Robert Peterson had 17.88 percent, 799 votes. Independents Butch Smith had 14.53 percent, 649 votes, and Charles Henderson had 1.68 percent, 75 votes.
The new Southern Constable will be Eddie Ace Smith with 62.94 percent, 2,157 votes. Independents Chris Carr had 24.72 percent, 847 votes, and Bryan Thomas had 12.17 percent, 417 votes.
Statewide, Tate Reeves secured the governor’s seat. But in Yazoo County, Democrat Jim Hood received the majority with 56 percent, 4,582. Reeves earned 42.89 percent, 3,509.
Within Yazoo County, the state results include:
Lt. Governor: Delbert Hoseman, 51.93 percent; Jay Hughes, 48.01 percent
Secretary: Johnny DuPree, 51.56 percent; Michael Watson, 48.37 percent
Attorney General: Jennifer Collins, 53.07 percent; Lynn Fitch, 46.49 percent
Auditor: Shad White, 98.97 percent
Treasurer: David McRae, 50.15 percent; Addie Lee Green, 49.83 percent
Commissioner of Agriculture: Andy Gipson, 47.88 percent; Rickey Cole, 52.08 percent
Commissioner of Insurance: Mike Chaney, 50.57 percent; Robert Amos, 49.41 percent
Public Central District: De’Kiether Stamps, 50.02 percent; Brent Bailey, 49.96 percent
Transportation Central District: Willie Simmons, 51.34 percent; Butch Lee, 48.64 percent
District Attorney: Akillie Oliver, 98.72 percent
Senate District 1: Barbara Blackmon, 98.97 percent
Senate District 22: Joseph Thomas Sr., 65.83 percent; Hayes Dent, 34.10 percent
Senate District 23: Briggs Hopson, 99.65 percent
House District 27: Kenneth Walker, 99.48 percent
House District 47: Bryant Clark, 98.62 percent
House District 51: 99.69 percent
House District 54: Kevin Ford, 99.74 percent
House District 63: Stephanie Foster, 98.69 percent