By Emily Le Coz | NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Two seats remain undecided on the five-member Lee County Board of Supervisors, and general election voters will fill them Nov. 8.
Incumbent Republicans Phil Morgan of District 1 and Darrell Rankin of District 3 both face Democratic opponents in the polls.
Morgan goes up against political newcomer Kevin “Scott” Russell Hurt, a 30-year-old media professional who in March quit his job as a radio production manager to run for office.
A self-described “people person,” Hurt said he wants to hear from constituents before making decisions and, if elected, will hold regular town hall meetings.
“We have many challenges in Lee County,” Hurt said, “and I believe that I’m the best qualified candidate to serve you.”
Morgan, who already defeated two candidates in the primary election, said he’ll continue pushing for job creation and working to improve Lee County’s infrastructure if he’s elected.
The 56-year-old cattle farmer is vying for his fourth term in office and said that, although he has done much, more work remains.
“I run on my record,” Morgan said.
District 1 covers the northeast portion of Lee County, including the Auburn, Unity, Baldwyn, Guntown and Pratt areas.
District 3 covers most of Tupelo west of Gloster Street, as well as the Belden and Bissell areas.
Its in this district where political hopeful Larry McCord returns for another bout with first-term incumbent Rankin.
McCord said Rankin has done a decent job of representing the district but wasn’t as fiscally conservative as he would have been. If elected, the licensed home builder said he’ll rein in costs.
“I really want this job because it’s the people’s money,” the 63-year-old said.
Rankin, 62, said his constituents have been pleased with his decisions and that he’ll continue serving them as long as he can. The retired Marine and former Tupelo Public Works director said the county’s biggest challenges are job retention and being able to accommodate population growth.
“I think that I represent the people very well,” Rankin said, “and I look after their interest.”