By David Howell
WATER VALLEY – The General Election in November could have several contested local seats and the deadline to qualify is September 5.
All five of the election commission seats are up for grabs in the county, although all incumbents have qualified for re-election at presstime Tuesday. Every four years, an election commission is elected from each supervisor district in the county.
Other seats on the local ballot are Position Two slots in the Water Valley and Coffeeville School districts. Both incumbents, Lamar Burgess in Water Valley and Jim Peters in Coffeeville, have picked up qualifying papers, according to Circuit Clerk Daryl Burney.
“They must get 50 names within their school district position,” Burney said about the qualification process to run for school board. Each school district is divided into five positions which have staggered terms.
Looking at election commissioners, Steve Cummings is seeking re-election in District One, while Missy Kimzey is seeking her second term in District Two. In District Four, Ora Polk has also filed her qualifying paperwork at the Circuit Clerk’s office. June Byford in District Five is also qualified to seek re-election.
“They must also get 50 names in their district,” Burney said.
In District Three, a newcomer to politics, Carla Peacock, is seeking a four-year term as election commissioner. Supervisors appointed her during their “first Monday” meeting held in Water Valley after Bob Chandler’s death to fill the unexpired term that will end in December.
Chandler was elected four years ago and also served as chairman of the group before his death. Peacock’s appointment lasts through the end of the year.
The appointment by supervisors came after Polk presented a letter of recommending Peacock to supervisors. Polk told supervisors that Chandler had mentioned a few names that he felt would be good candidates to replace him.