County elections official

Run-off in Okolona needed
From Daily Journal/Chickasaw Journal reports
With the primary behind them, only one seat in Chickasaw County is heading to a run-off. For Okolona Council Ward 5, incumbent Mary Gates earned 78 votes (47.9 percent) while challenger Robert Hughes gained 62 votes (38 percent) and will meet again on the ballot on May 19.
Houston’s City Marshall race saw incumbent Billy Voyles gaining 61 percent of the vote for a majority win. Challenger Mike Doss had 14.5 percent, former Marshall Kevin Davis had 17 percent and challenger Heath Hollingsworth had 7 percent.
Incumbent Mayor Stacey W. Parker, Alderman Ward 2 Shenia K. Jones, Ward 4 Willie Mae McKinney and Ward At-Large Barry Springer, all retained their seats unopposed.
In Ward 1 Scott Shempert gained 166 votes although he has publicly stated that he no longer wishes to run for the office. He was unable to remove his name from the ballot as they had already been certified. He will join Republican candidate for Ward 1, Tony Uhiren, in the General Election.
Incumbent Ward 2 Frank Thomas will also be on the ballot in the general election, but will be unopposed.
Louise Floyd Cole will be the Democratic nominee for mayor in the June 2 general election.
Cole earned 515 votes, or 55.9 percent, to beat incumbent Mayor Sherman Carouthers in Tuesday’s primary. Carouthers had 305 votes, and Willie Frank Williams picked up 101 votes.
Cole now will face independent candidates George Jenkins and Hal Spratt next month.
A runoff will be held to determine who will hold the Ward 5 council seat.
Incumbent Mary Gates won 78 votes, or 47.9 percent, while challengers Robert Hughes and Henry Conway earned 62 votes, or 38 percent, and 23 votes, or 14.1 percent, respectively.
Gates and Hughes will meet May 19 in the runoff.
Eldridge Lowe was unopposed in the Democratic primary for Ward 3 city councilman. He’ll face independent William T. Warren in the general election.
Challenger Imogene Armstrong beat incumbent Regina Pickens for the Ward 4 seat. Armstrong had 79 votes versus Pickens’ 54 votes.
Incumbent City Marshal Tommie J. Ivy, D; Ward 1 incumbent Kenneth McVay, D; and new Ward 2 councilman Bennett Moore all won their races unopposed.
Incumbent Anthony Floyd was unopposed in the Democratic primary for Ward 6 City Councilman. He’ll face independent Donal Ray Jacobs in the general election.
Although Mayor Josephine Higginbotham won her seat unopposed, the Houlka City Council saw some changes after the votes were certified.
Retaining their seats were incumbents Beverly Davidson, Johnny Butler and David Wiggs. They will be joined by new comers K.C. Gates and Thomas McNeil.
By the Numbers
e) Beverly Davidson 83 – 15.4%
(e) K.C. Gates 74 – 13.7%
(e) Thomas McNeil 65 – 12.1%
(e) Johnny H. Butler 63 – 11.7%
(e) David Wiggs 62 – 11/5%
Seferino “Soapy” Villarreal 53 – 9.8%
R.A. Easley 47 – 8.7%
Fred A. Wiislon 47 – 8.7%
James R. Turner 29 – 5/4%
Donna “Kandy” Baker 16 – 3.0%
All positions in the town of Woodland are held by incumbents who ran unopposed with the exception of one council seat. Rita Lynn McComb was the sole contestant for the position that was vacated at the retirement of Bro. John Hudson. The government of the Town of Woodland will see Patti Watkins return as Mayor. The council will consist of Linda Dendy, Rita Lynn McComb, Margaret Nelson, Mildred McQuary, and Lorene Hamilton.


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