Some Upsets, Surprises in Tuesday's Voting

The Aug. 2 primary elections in Mississippi did not come without some upsets.

Sounds of jubilation erupted from supporters of Charles Young, Jr., as he emerged among supporters Tuesday night after it became evident that he had defeated the man who took over the House District 82 seat two years ago, when Young's father died.

"I'm very humbled that you have exhibited confidence in me and in the Young family, and we won't let you down," said Young.

"I wish my opponent the best of luck," said Rep. Wilbert Jones.
"And hopefully he will serve and represent this district and all the people within this district."

Then there was the sheriff's race in Lauderdale County, where the incumbent Billy Sollie pulled out a victory for the Republican nomination, over fellow law enforcement officer Buck Roberts. However, that didn't happen without a great deal of campaigning.

"By far this has been my toughest opponent based on his work effort," said Sollie. "I'm glad that this part's over with. We've got to go on the (November) 8th, because I have an independent opponent."

"I wish Sheriff Sollie the best. I've been a servant for the people for twenty years, actually thirty years, and I'll continue to be a servant for the people," said Roberts.

Kemper County had a rematch between Sheriff James Moore and former sheriff, Sam Tisdale, for the Democratic nomination. Four years ago as a newcomer, Moore was victorious and unseated Tisdale who had served as sheriff for the county for nine years.

"We're going to continue and work for the county and get ready for a November race," said Moore.

"I'm planning to contest it," said Tisdale. "They're saying it ain't nothing but 3,000 people voted in Kemper County and they are telling us there is a heavy turnout. That's a very low turnout because we have over 7,000 voters here in Kemper County."

Incumbent school superintendent Pat Ross was also unseated when he lost the Democratic Primary to J.O. Amis, who won 53 percent of the vote.

One of the more surprising results in the election might have been in Lauderdale County's District 5 supervisor's race.

The sometimes controversial incumbent Ray Boswell is in a runoff with Kyle Rutledge. Boswell got 41 percent of the vote in a 4-person race in the Republican Primary. Rutledge got 31 percent. The runoff will take place Aug. 23.


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