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Sheriff’s Race Swells To Seven, Shaw Qualifies For Governor

Guy Dale Shaw

By David Howell

WATER VALLEY – There was a flurry of activity in Yalobusha in the days prior to the March 1 qualifying deadline including a local candidate qualifying to seek the state’s highest elected position.

    Former Tax Assessor /Collector Guy Dale Shaw  turned in qualifying paperwork with the state’s Democratic party in Jackson on Friday to run for governor.

    Shaw served as Tax Assessor/Collector in Yalo-busha for 36 years, from 1964 to 2000, and reports his exper-tise will benefit the taxpayers of the state.

    “Voters in Mississippi need to put somebody in there who knows about assessing property at true value,” Shaw told the Herald Tuesday. Shaw added that  he will wait until closer to the election to hit the campaign trail, but reported he will work to build support from elected officials at the local level in his grass roots campaign.

  “I am not going to take the job with $300,000 worth of gimme obligations,” he added, referring to campaign contributions.

Local Races

    Russ Smith and Tommy Lindsey were the final two sheriff’s candidates to qualify, bringing the ticket to seven. Smith serves as police chief of Oakland and qualified as an independent. Lindsey is running as a Democrat.

    Other candidates seeking the sheriff’s office previously reported included James Caldwell, William “Lance” Humphreys, Luther G. Folson, Jr., William Earl Beard, Sr., and Columbus Buford, Jr. All five are running as Democrats.

    Donald Gray qualified late Monday to run for Chancery Clerk and will face incumbent Amy Fernandez McMinn. Both are running as Democrats.

    District Five Supervisor Frank “Bubba” Tillman is the sole incumbent supervisor who will run unopposed, Shadwick Daniels, Jr. qualified last week to run for District Two Supervisor. Daniels will run as a Democrat against incumbent Amos Sims.

    District One Supervisor Tommy Vaughn will also face an opponent after Larry Townes qualified to run last week. Both are running as Democrats.

    A fourth candidate joined the field for District Three Supervisor after Henry Lee Johnson qualified on Monday. Johnson joins Bailey Walker, John Lee McMinn and Kenneth Goolsby in the race. All are running as Democrats.

    In District Four, incumbent George Suggs and Eddie B. Harris have qualified to run as Democrats.

Latest Candidates

    Wanda L. Smith also qualified last week to run for coroner. She will face incumbent Ronnie Stark on the Democratic ticket.

    On Tuesday, the final day to qualify, Gail B. Barton qualified to run for County Prosecuting Attorney. She will run against David Burns and Daniel Martin on the Democratic ticket.

    Also on Tuesday Janet Ross Caulder qualified to run for Justice Court Judge District One against incumbent Garby Tippit.

    The field for Constable District One also increased after Carl Linn Parker qualified as a Republican and Estella Ray Townes qualified as an independent. They will face the winner of the Democratic Primary which includes four candidates: Marvin Horton, Terry Ellis, Brent Anderson and Ralph Byford.

    The race for  Justice Court Judge District Two was unchanged with R.S. “Steve” Riley, Larry Lawler and Trent Howell qualifying in January..  

    Other incumbent candidates who are unopposed included: Daryl Burney, Circuit Clerk; Linda Shuffield, Tax Assessor/ Collector; and Constable District 2, Randy Simmons.

    The qualifying paperwork will be turned over to the respective parties for certification. The Circuit Clerk’s office is responsible for verifying the signatures for independent candidates, who are then certified by the Yalobusha County election commissioners.

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