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Hughes Wins Election Redo

By David Howell

Editor


COFFEEVILLE – Incumbent school board trustee Todd Hughes won last Tuesday’s election for District 5 in the Coffeeville School District. Hughes recorded a 23-vote victory, 221 to 198, according to unofficial election results in the election redo ordered by Yalobusha County election commissioners.

Hughes had a six-vote lead in the first election on Nov. 8, but the results in two of the four precincts where the position appeared on the ballot were discarded after election officials determined that approximately 50 voters had not received the proper ballot in the two districts.

In an unanimous vote, election commissioners decided to redo the election in the Beat 2 – Water Valley precinct and the Beat 5 – Coffeeville precinct in the days following the Nov. 8 election. Both candidates also signed off on the election redo. 

Also on Tuesday’s ballot was the runoff for Northern District Supreme Court position that spans 33 counties in north Mississippi. Circuit Judge Bobby Chamberlin of Hernando carried the county and the district in the race, defeating Columbus attorney John Brady. Chamberlin received 404 votes to Brady’s 341 votes in the county. He received 54 percent of the votes in the district. 

Chamberlin is scheduled to be sworn in to an eight-year term in January and will succeed Justice Ann Lamar, who did not seek reelection.  He has served as a circuit judge since 2004 in the 17th Circuit Court District that includes Desoto, Tate, Panola, Yalobusha and Tallahatchie counties. He also previously served as a state senator for four years. In 2006 he co-founded, along with Justice Lamar, the 17th Circuit Court Drug Court.

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