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Politics Heat Up In The County

The first flurry of candidates qualifying when the courthouse opened last Wednesday morning at 8 a.m. included (from left) Circuit Clerk Daryl Burney, Tax Assessor/Collector Linda Shuffield and Sheriff Lance Humphreys.

By David Howell


WATER VALLEY  – A flurry of filings in the first week of the qualifying period for political offices in the county accounted for many of the incumbents seeking re-election as well as several new faces.

The District 2 Justice Court slot has attracted the most candidates after incumbent Steve Riley announced he will not seek another term as judge after serving almost four decades. Water Valley attorneys Tommy Defer and Trent Howell along with Calvin Hawkins have qualified for the position. Defer and Hawkins are running as Democrats and Howell is running as an independent. 

With just over seven weeks remaining until the March 1 qualifying deadline, other candidates who have qualified at presstime include: 

• Chancery Court Clerk – Amy Fernandez McMinn (D);

• Circuit Court Clerk – Darly Burney (D);

• Constable, District 1 – Ralph Horton (D);

• Constable, District 2 – Randy Simmons (D);

• Coroner – Ronnie Stark (D);

• Justice Court Judge, District 1 – Janet Caulder (D);

• Sheriff – William Lance Humphreys (D) and Roger L. Pollan (D);

• Supervisor, District 1 – Cayce Washington (D);

• Supervisor, District 2 – Kenneth Rogers (D);

• Supervisor, District 3 – Kenny Harmon (D);

• Supervisor, District 4 – Timothy Booker (D) and Curtis Hames (R);

• Supervisor, District 5 – Gaylon Gray (D);

• Tax Assessor/Collector – Linda Shuffield (D) and Michael L. Walton (D).

(D-Democrat, R-Repubican and I-Independent)

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