By William Browning
WATER VALLEY – In Yalobusha County’s most hotly contested race, with six candidates vying for the sheriff’s seat, Incumbent Lance Humphreys and candidate Jamie Caldwell are set for an August 28 runoff.
Humphreys tallied 1,924 votes while Caldwell pulled 975 in the August 7 Democratic Primary.
Johnny Sossaman was the third place finisher in the race, polling 707 votes.
“I was hoping to run a little bit better than I did,” Caldwell said after taking in the results at the Water Valley Courthouse. “But I was shooting to make the runoff, and that’s what I did.
“I’m fixing to have to work a whole lot harder to pull this thing off,” Caldwell added.
Humphreys was optimistic about the results.
“We worked hard, ran a clean race,” Humphreys said of his campaign. “We’re going to push hard these last few weeks to finish the job.
“I want to ask all my supporters to come back out the next time and vote in the runoff,” Humphreys added.
Looking at the other candidates, James ‘Jimbo’ Thompson came in fourth with 684 votes, while J. Wayne Burns pulled 581 to come in fifth.
Bruce Short finished with 37 votes.
Caldwell won two precincts out of the eleven, while Humphreys finished first in six precincts.
Sossaman took first place in two precincts, while Burns claimed one.
All results are unofficial.