Fulco Narrowly Wins Sheriff’s Race


Candidates Luther Folson (left) and Mark Fulco wait as the county’s election commissioners counted the affidavit ballots Tuesday night.

WATER VALLEY – In one of the tightest races in recent history in the county, Mark Fulco won the sheriff’s race by two votes according to unofficial vote results Tuesday night. Fulco received 2,569 votes to Luther Folson’s 2,567 votes.

The race went down to the wire and Folson was leading by one vote when the precinct counts were reported.

With 15 affidavit ballots remaining to be counted, both Fulco and Folson were in the room with the county’s election commissioners as each of the affidavit ballots were examined and five were counted. Four of the affidavit ballots went to Fulco and one went to Folson.

In another close race, Trent Howell won the District 2 Justice Court race with 51 percent of the votes, 1286 to 1,221.

In other local races, incumbent Coroner Ronnie Stark and incumbent Tax Assesssor/Collector Linda Rae Shuffield were both re-elected Tuesday. Both were running as Democrats and  faced independent candidates. Stark defeated Lezelrick Hodges with 73.7 percent of the vote, 3,675 to 1297, earning a fourth term. Shuffield defeated Baine Turnage with 65 percent of the vote, 3,333 to  1,747, earning a sixth term.

Incumbent District One Supervisor Cayce Washington captured 805 of the votes to win a second term. Washington ran as a Democratic candidate and faced Republican challenger Mickell Dunn, who received 305 votes.

In the District 4 Supervisor race, Democratic candidate Eddie Harris defeated Republican challenger Curtis Hames with 74 percent of the vote, 763 to 260.

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