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Voters will pick next Oktibbeha County leaders

November 4, 2011

By STEVEN NALLEY
citybeat@bellsouth.net

Voters at the polls for the Oktibbeha County general election Nov. 8 will find a ballot with county candidates of every kind, from unopposed candidates and candidates to runoff winners.
Excluding county supervisors, a total of 14 county offices are at stake. Among these, four of the five unopposed candidates on the ballot are incumbents, and there are a total of nine incumbents. Three Democratic candidates, running for sheriff, circuit court clerk and tax assessor and collector, won runoffs on Aug. 23 to reach the general election ballot.
Steve Gladney, Democratic candidate for county sheriff, has 30 years of law enforcement experience, including almost 29 years as a state trooper and two years working with the Starkville Police Department's municipal court. Republican candidate Rudy Johnson served as an auxiliary deputy sheriff for Oktibbeha County for 16 years and has been executive director of the Golden Triangle Planning and Development District since 1990.
Johnson ran unopposed at the primary level. Gladney received 1,360 out of 5,764 votes in the primary, but he won the runoff with 2,776 of 5,124 votes, defeating eight-term incumbent Dolph Bryan.
Monica W. Banks, a Democrat, is the incumbent chancery court clerk for Oktibbeha County. She is running unopposed for re-election.
Teresa Davis-Roberson, Democratic candidate for county circuit court clerk, currently works at Mississippi State University as a receiving services coordinator. Republican candidate Glenn Hamilton is a former state senator and current chairman of the Mississippi Parole Board.
Hamilton ran unopposed at the primary level. In the primary, Roberson received 2,152 out of 5,637 votes, but she won the runoff with 2,735 out of 4,950 votes.
The winner will replace retiring circuit court clerk Angie McGinnis.
Allen Morgan, Republican candidate for county tax assessor and collector, has served for more than 29 years with the Mississippi State Tax Commission in the capacities of both law enforcement and tax revenue officer. Democratic candidate Velisia “Lisa” Wynn is currently a literacy coach, and she has also served as a reading teacher, tutor, special education teacher and after-school teacher for the Starkville School District.
Morgan ran unopposed at the primary level. Wynn received 1,978 out of 5,531 votes in the primary, but she won the runoff with 2,595 out of 4,970 votes.
Roy E. Carpenter, Jr., a Republican, is the incumbent attorney for Oktibbeha County. He is running unopposed for re-election.
Michael R. Hunt, a Democrat, is seeking re-election as the incumbent coroner for Oktibbeha county. His Republican opponent, Billy L. Miller, has served as a licensed funeral director with Welch Funeral Home for nearly 20 years.
Both candidates ran unopposed at the primary level.
Tom L. Gregory, a Democrat, is running unopposed for county surveyor.
James R. Covington, Jr., a democrat, is the incumbent county superintendent of education for School District C. He is running unopposed for re-election.
William Anton “Tony” Boykin, a Democrat, is the incumbent justice court judge for District 1 of Oktibbeha County. He is running unopposed for re-election.
W. Bernard Crump, a Democrat, is the incumbent justice court judge for District 2 of Oktibbeha County. He is running unopposed for re-election.
James Mills, a Democrat, is the incumbent justice court judge for District 3 of Oktibbeha County. Mills has two opponents: Buddy Johnston, a Republican, and Randall McClelland, an independent candidate.
Johnston and Mills both ran unopposed at the primary level.
Shank Phelps, Republican candidate for constable for District 1 of Oktibbeha County, currently works with the sheriff’s office as a commander. Curtis White, the Democratic candidate, currently serves as bailiff for the Oktibbeha County Justice Court, Chancery Court, and Circuit Court when needed.
In the Republican primary, Phelps won with 875 out of 1,489 votes. In the Democratic primary, White won with 1,303 out of 2,164 votes.
Curtis D. Randle, a Democrat, is seeking re-election as constable for District 2 of Oktibbeha County, an office he has held since 1996. His Republican opponent, Tim Cook, currently works with the sheriff’s department as a deputy with 12 years of law enforcement experience.
Both candidates ran unopposed at the primary level.
James Lindsey, a Democrat, is the incumbent constable for District 3 of Oktibbeha County. He is running unopposed for re-election.

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