WATER VALLEY – The election ballot Yalobushians will view November 6 will sort of be like the First Monday flea market: something for everybody.
There is the presidential election, of course, which set a record for voter turnout in Yalobusha County four years ago with 70 percent of the county’s voters participating.
There are other elections on the ballots tied to Washington, D.C.
One of Mississippi’s two senate seats will be on the ballot statewide, and Yalobusha County will vote for the state’s 2nd District congressman for the first time.
Republican Sen. Roger Wicker will be on the ballot along with Democratic challenger Albert Gore Jr. (no, not that Al Gore).
Thomas Cramer of the Constitution Party and Shawn O’Hara, a Reform Party candidate, are also on the ballot for senate.
Longtime Democrat Congressman Bennie Thompson is also up for re-election November 6. He is expected to win easily over Republican challenger Bill Marcy and two other challengers, Cobby Williams and Lajena Williams.
Yalobusha County and other “hill” counties were put in the 2nd District this year, and Marcy has been courting those voters in his bid to unseat Thompson. Marcy lost to the incumbent two years ago.
Rep. Alan Nunnelee is the 1st District congressman who left behind Yalobusha County. He is facing Democrat Brad Morris. Morris was the chief of staff for former Congressman Travis Childers, who was defeated by Nunnelee in 2010.
Supreme Court Race
There has been a lot of ink used locally and statewide to describe the contest for an open seat on the Mississippi Supreme Court between Batesville attorney Richard “Flip” Phillips and Oxford attorney Josiah Coleman.
The winner will fill the seat being vacated by retiring justice George C. Carlson of Batesville.
Locally there is one contested race for District 1, Water Valley School District. Chris Terry and Bryan Gilley qualified to run for this post after incumbent Dr. Steve Edwards did not seek re-election.
Circuit Clerk Daryl Burney reported that almost 200 people in the county have already voted absentee for the election. Both courthouses in the county will be open until noon the two Saturdays prior to the election – October 27 and November 3 – for absentee voting.