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WATER VALLEY – Jerimaine Gooch was elected as the county’s first African American sheriff in a special election last Tuesday after handily winning 11 of the 12 precincts in the county and earning a commanding 62 percent of the votes cast in the four-way race. Gooch’s victory came with 50 percent of the voters in the county casting a ballot that also included a contested race for the Second Congressional District.
The election will be certified by the Yalobusha County Election Commissioners Wednesday following a review of 54 affidavit ballots to tally the official vote count. The unofficial results include 344 absentee ballots that were cast in the election. A breakdown of unofficial results by precinct are included on page 11 in this week’s edition.
“I thank God and I thank the people of Yalobusha County,” Gooch said after the election. “My goal is to continue to serve the people of Yalobusha County with equality and fairness. My goal is also to keep this county a safe place to live for your family and mine.”
The sheriff also commended his staff.
“We have dedicated men and women at the sheriff’s department who work long hours to protect and serve the citizens of the county. As your sheriff, my duty is to work alongside them day and night. If you need me, call me,” he stated.
Sheriff Gooch will fulfill the remaining 13 months in the four-year term that was vacated last August with the death of former Sheriff Mark D. Fulco. He reported that he will qualify in January for the 2023 election to seek a full, four-year term.
Gooch has been employed with the sheriff’s department since 2004, working as a deputy, investigator, chief deputy and most recently as interim sheriff after he was appointed by the Board of Supervisors to fill the vacancy. He is a lifelong resident of Water Valley and graduated from Mississippi Delta Law Enforcement Training Academy in 2005. Since then he has received many hours of additional law enforcement training to help better serve the citizens of the county.
Voters in the county favored Republican challenger Brian Flowers in the Second Congressional District over longtime Democratic incumbent Bennie Thompson. Flowers received 58 percent of the votes in Yalobusha County, 2,509, while Thompson polled 1,822 votes. Thompson received the victory across the district with 60 percent of the votes cast, or more than 32,700 votes than Flowers, across the district that spans much of the western portion of the state.
Other candidates on the Nov. 8th ballot were uncontested and include District Attorney Jay Hale who will take office in January. Jim Greenlee won another term for Mississippi Court of Appeals, District 1 Position 1. Incumbent Chancellors Vicki Daniels and Mitchell Lundy, Jr. both won another term; and incumbent Circuit Court judges Smith Murphey and Jimmy McClure were re-elected.