Jackson County Election Wrap Up

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There’s no rest for the weary. Today, Jackson County election officials are already gearing up for runoffs in three weeks.
Yesterday’s election brought a big shake up to the county’s leadership, including a big change to the county’s Board of Supervisors. Of the current five supervisors, District 2’s Melton Harris is the only one that will for sure keep his seat, but according to Singing River retirees, the fight isn’t over.
Two down, two to go: that was the sentiment today as Singing River retirees gathered to discuss their plans following last night’s election. Retiree Willie Chestnut said, “This wasn’t about removing anybody doing their job. This was about moving people that weren’t doing their job. And the job is not complete; we still got some work to do.”
Both District 3 Supervisor Mike Mangum and long-time District 5 Supervisor John McKay failed to get enough votes to keep their respective seats or at least to advance to a runoff. Since there were no Democratic challengers, Randy Bosarge will take over McKay’s seat. Voters will decide who will take Mangum’s seat in the August 25th runoff.
District 1 Supervisor and Board President Barry Cumbest and District 4’s Troy Ross will face opponents for their seats in that same runoff.
As for the unseated supervisors, Singing River retirees didn’t hold back.
“I am so proud of Jackson County. I am so proud of the voters that listened to us retirees. And we are still going to be campaigning for people to do the right thing,” said Chestnut.
Overall, about one-fourth of Jackson County’s registered voters cast ballots in yesterday’s primaries. Jackson County Circuit Clerk Joe Martin said, “We have over 80,000 registered voters in Jackson County and we had a little over 21,000. The people that cared enough and went out and studied the candidates and the issues, got out and voted and I want to thank them for that.”
Martin says they’re still counting affidavit votes, but as soon as those are counted, the work will only continue. “We’re getting ready to crank it back up. We got through the first part of it. Everybody that voted, we’re asking them to get back out and vote again.”
The clerk’s office says if you were registered for this election but did not vote you are eligible to vote in the runoff elections. If you’re not registered, you can register but won’t be able to vote until the November elections.

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