Area Sheriffs Races Highlighted

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Citizens of Neshoba, Newton, Clarke, Kemper and Lauderdale Counties
Tuesday had the chance to elect a "top cop." In Lauderdale County, two-term incumbent Billy Sollie won his third campaign, defeating Larry Covert by a 70% to 30% margin.

"This is a vote of confidence for each and every employee of the Lauderdale County Sheriff's Office, the Lauderdale County Detention Facility," said Sollie. "The effort they put in to making this organization better."

In Clarke County, Sheriff Todd Kemp begins his second term in January, after defeating two opponents with 64% of the vote.

"We're just going to keep working hard, doing what we've been doing," Kemp said. "We're going to keep working hard for the people."

In Kemper County, Sheriff Sam Tisdale, who still faces a possible lawsuit by Johnny Harpole, will start his second term of office after beating Glen Williams and Ronnie Rankin. Tisdale had 56% of the vote

In one of the biggest victories of the night, Newton County Sheriff Jackie Knight won another four-year term. Knight had 91% of the vote.

"We're going to keep doing the best we can to fight drugs, solve crime," said Knight. "Protect and serve the people of Newton County. Regardless, of if it's the first four years, or the third four years. The job is the same, to protect and serve. That's what we intend on doing."

In four of the five elections, incumbents regained their seats. But in Neshoba County, the sheriff who had been in office over twenty years retired, leaving the door open for someone new.

"My number one priority is drug enforcement. Illegal drugs are what were going to go for. That's one of the main problems in our county and other counties. It's the same problems," said Sheriff-elect Larry Meyers.

Meyers, who is currently jail administrator, will move his office down the hall in early January.