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More Qualify For County Races

By David Howell

WATER VALLEY –  August is shaping up as a hot political month after three more candidates entered the District 1 supervisor race and two candidates entered the District 2 supervisor race.

            The entries increase the  field to five candidates in District 1 and six in District 2 at the   midway point through the qualifying period, which runs from Jan. 5 to Feb. 27.        

            The flurry of candidates come as incumbents in both districts announced they will not seek another term.

            Michael H. Stevens, Phillip Tallant and Cayce Washington submitted qualifying papers to run on the Democratic ticket for the District 1 supervisor seat during the last week. Previously Scotty “Scrap Man” Aldridge and Mickell L. Dunn qualified for the seat. Dunn is running as a Republican, while the rest of the field are running as the Democrats.

            Mark A. Gooch and Kenneth E. Rogers submitted qualifying papers for District 2 supervisor, joining  Jason C. Sharp, Fred E. White, Luther W. Coleman and Luther G. Folson, Sr. on the ballot. Gooch works as plant manager at Allied Industries in Water Valley. All six candidates are running as democrats.

            The final addition to the slate of candidates added to the list during the last week is coroner candidate Wanda L. Smith. She is running as a republican. Incumbent Ronnie Stark and Lezelrick “Pac Rac” Hodges qualified for coroner on the democratic ticket. Smith ran unsuccessfully against Stark in 2011. 

            The complete list of candidates submitting qualifying papers at press time Tuesday include:

• Chancery Court Clerk – Amy Fernandez McMinn

• Circuit Court Clerk – Daryl G. Burney

• Constable, District 1 – Bennie (Ben) Box, Ralph Horton and Larry C. Tritt.

• Constable, District 2 – Randy Simmons

• Coroner – Ronnie Stark, Lezelrick “Pac-Rac” Hodges and Wanda L. Smith

• County Prosecutor – Gail B. Barton and Daniel M. Martin

• Justice Court Judge, District 1 – Janet Ross Caulder and Gary Lloyd Tippit, Sr.

• Justice Court Judge, District 2 – R.S. “Steve” Riley

• Sheriff – Luther Gene Folson Jr., William “Lance” Humphreys and William Tyler Wortham III

• Supervisor District 1 – Mickell L. Dunn, Scotty “Scrap Man” Aldridge, Phillip Tallant, Michael H. Stevens and Cayce Washington

• Supervisor District 2  – Jason C. Sharp, Fred E. White, Luther W. Coleman, Luther G. Folson, Sr. and Mark Gooch

• Supervisor District 3 – John Lee McMinn, Jr.

• Supervisor District 4 – Timothy A. Booker, Sr., Otha Coffey and George W. Suggs

• Supervisor District 5 – Gaylon Gray and Andrew L. Wilks

• Tax Assessor/Collector – Linda Rae Shuffield

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