The deadline has passed to qualify for the upcoming Yazoo County elections, and 34 candidates have thrown their names in the hat for several posts.
Eight county seats have challengers this election year, while many positions remain unopposed with the incumbents remaining solid.
Five candidates have qualified to run for sheriff with incumbent Jacob Sheriff facing challenger Jason Bright in the Democrat primary. Former sheriff Thomas Vaughan, and Kenneth White, former deputy during Vaughan’s tenure, will both appear on the ballot in the Republican primary. Berry May will run as an Independent.
Three of the five supervisors will have challengers this year. District 3 Supervisor Willie “Deuce” Wright and District 5 Supervisor Cobie Collins both qualified for their seats with no opposition.
However, there are six candidates vying for the District 1 seat. Incumbent Caleb Rivers will be vying for the Democrat bid against Emerson Tyson. Frank Harrison will appear on the Republican ballot. And former supervisor Van Foster, James Douglas and Cody Warrington will run as Independents.
Incumbent David Berry will be looking to hold onto his seat as District 2 supervisor, running as a Democrat. Independent W.F. “Bill” Anderson will face Berry in the general election.
Incumbent Jayne Dew will appear on the ballot as an Independent for her District 4 seat. Dale Lakes will run as a Democrat, with David Shipp qualifying as an Independent. Johnny Staples, who qualified for the post several weeks ago, dropped from the race.
Two names will appear on the ballot for tax assessor. Incumbent Beverly Ladner will run as a Democrat against Independent Gretta Winters.
Robert Coleman was the only candidate to qualify for circuit clerk. He will keep his post as a Democrat.
Incumbent Quint Carver looks to hold onto his seat as chancery clerk as an Independent against Democrat challenger Peter Gower.
Three candidates qualified for Justice Court Judge, Southern District. Incumbent Bennie K. Warrington will run as an Independent. Danny Neely and Jaslyn Snow qualified as Democrats.
Incumbent Pam May will remain in her post as Justice Court Judge, North District, as a Democrat.
Incumbent Travis Crimm Jr. will serve as tax collector, qualifying as a Democrat.
With no challengers, incumbent Ricky Shivers will remain the county coroner as a Democrat.
Incumbent David Starling holds onto to his seat as Southern District Constable as a Democrat.
Northern District Constable has two candidates vying for its post this year. Incumbent R.W. “Butch” Smith will face challenger Robert Peterson in the Democrat primary.
Incumbent Becky Fisher has no challengers for her role as superintendent of education. She qualified as a Democrat.
Republican Richard “Dick” Rohman will remain in his post as county attorney.