8By David Howell
WATER VALLEY – In one of the hardest fought races in the county, Incumbent Circuit Clerk Daryl Burney received almost 63 percent of the 4,909 votes cast Tuesday. Burney received 3,079 votes to Tina Stevens’ 1,830 votes in an unofficial vote tally.
Burney pulled 10 of the 11 precincts, only giving up the Water Valley Beat Two precinct in which he received 370 votes to Stevens 389 votes.
“I am very grateful for the support and trust people gave me,” Burney said after the election. “I am going to work very hard during the next four years to build the trust of the people who did not vote for me.”
“We both worked very hard, and I feel fortunate to win,” Burney continued.
As to the overall election, Burney said turnout was about 20 percent lighter than expected. The election will be certified Wednesday afternoon.
He reported only minor glitches across the county during voting hours Tuesday. Unofficial results from the election were calculated by 10 p.m. Tuesday night.
“We will busy over the next three weeks,” Burney said, referring to the Aug. 28 runoff election.
Burney said that hot weather likely contributed to a low voter turnout, adding that there was about 20 percent less voters than he had expected.
Other neighboring counties also reported less-than-expected voter turnout as the heat index was over 100 degrees Tuesday.