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District 5 supervisor runoff set

A runoff election will be held for the position of Lawrence County District 5 supervisor. The special election was held yesterday, in conjunction with the regular general election, to fill the position left vacant by the death of longtime supervisor Archie Ross.

The two candidates with the most votes, Ronnie Fortenberry and Kenneth Ray Magee, will face each other in a Nov. 29 runoff election. Fortenberry received 256 votes in the Nov. 8 election, and Magee received 394. Other candidates included Willie Armstrong with 109 votes, Bert Jackson 21, and Greg Sutton 28.

The Lawrence County School Board will see two new faces after the first of the year. In District 2, Murphy Peyton Sr. defeated incumbent Curtis Alexander by a vote of 563 to 278. District 1 candidate Ashton Courtney Watts ran unopposed and will replace Dr. Mark Herbert, who did not see re-election. Districts 3, 4, and 5 were not on this year’s ballot.

Other contested races included those for the 3rd Congressional District, District 13 Chancery Judge, Place 1, and Mississippi Court of Appeals District 4, Position 1.

In the Congressional race, incumbent Michael Guest outpolled Shuwaski A. Young by a vote of 2,737 to 1,119 in Lawrence County. District-wide, Guest won with over 71% of the vote.

In the chancery race, Lawrence Countian Albert Turnage received 2,811 votes in the county to 984 for incumbent David Shoemake. District-wide, Shoemake prevailed in the multi-county district.

The Appeals Court race was won by incumbent Virginia Carlton with nearly 58% of the vote across the district. In Lawrence County, Carlton received 1,485 votes to 1,975 for challenger Bruce W. Burton.

Other races included Chancery District 13, Place 2 and Circuit Court District 13, Places 1, 2, and 3. Gerald M. Martin, Anthony A. Mozingo, Prentiss G. Harrell, and Claiborne McDonald respectively, ran unopposed for their positions.

All election returns for Lawrence County are complete but uncertified. District-wide, most votes are counted, but totals are not complete.