By STEVEN NALLEY
Four of the five Oktibbeha County supervisor races on Nov. 8 are races between incumbent Democrats and Republican challengers.
Only one of the Democratic candidates, District 5 supervisor candidate Joe L. Williams, is not an incumbent. The duration of the remaining Democrats’ tenures ranges from the three terms of Carl E. Clardy (District 1) and Orlando K. Trainer (District 2) to the single term of Daniel Jackson (District 4).
Carl E. Clardy, a Democrat, has served as supervisor for District 1 for three terms and is seeking re-election. Clardy has also worked for nine years as shift commander for the Oktibbeha County Sheriff’s Department.
His Republican challenger, John Prate Montgomery, has worked at the Starkville Fire Department for 11 years. He also owns Montgomery Lawn Maintenance, a local small business.
In the Republican primary, Montgomery won with 531 of 919 votes. Clardy won the Democratic primary with 533 out of 1,053 votes.
Orlando K. Trainer, a Democrat, has served as supervisor for District 2 for 11 years and is seeking re-election. He has also served as a deacon at Sand Creek Missionary Baptist Church for 12 years.
His Republican opponent is Robert Gray, who ran unopposed at the primary level. Trainer won the Democratic primary with 756 of 1,184 votes.
Marvell Howard, a Democrat, is running for his second term as supervisor for District 3. In the past, he has served in the U.S. Army, worked for the Starkville Fire Department and operated Howard’s Construction Company.
The Republican candidate, Dennis “Denny” Daniels, has worked in law enforcement for 15 years with the Starkville Police Department and the Oktibbeha County Sheriff’s Department. He has also served for 18 years as a member of the Mississippi Army National Guard, earning the Purple Heart and Bronze Star.
Daniels won the Republican primary with 404 of 576 votes. Howard ran unopposed at the primary level.
Daniel Jackson, a Democrat, is running for his second term as supervisor for District 4. Before being elected as supervisor, Jackson worked as a high school history and science teacher.
The Republican candidate, Bricklee Miller, has served for 11 years as facility manager and director of the Mississippi Horse Park.
Both candidates ran unopposed at the primary level.
Joe L. Williams, Democratic candidate for District 5 supervisor, formerly served as vice president of the Oktibbeha County Economic Development Authority.
Williams will be unopposed in the general election, but he was far from unopposed at the primary level, facing five opponents including incumbent District 5 Supervisor John L. Young. Williams received 316 votes to Young’s 462 out of a total of 1,333 in the primary, but in the runoff, Williams defeated Young 617-567.