Circuit clerk has two challengers

Published 5:17 pm Tuesday, February 15, 2011

With 15 days to go till the March 1 filing deadline, candidates for local offices are multiplying quickly.

Sheriff David Allison has two challengers so far, Joe Smith and the latest to file for sheriff, Frank Vaccrella, who filed as an Independent. Allison has already filed for re-election. Allison and Smith are Republicans.

Incumbent Circuit Court Clerk Vicki Hariel has two challengers so far, too, Republicans Adrain Lumpkin and James Buie. Hariel has not filed yet but has until March 1 to do so.

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Lumpkin is county administrator.

Charles Cuevas has filed to challenge incumbent coroner Derek Turnage, who is seeking re-election.

Current District Two Supervisor Joyce Culpepper, who is seeking re-election in her own right, faces three challengers so far: Clark Byran, Daryl Smith and David Bullen. District Five Supervisor Sandy Kane Smith faces four challengers so far: Willie E. McDaniel, Thomas “Snuffy” Spiers, Byron Stockstill and Glennis “Glen” Neal, Jr.

Nine candidates have filed to run for the District Three post of incumbent Hudson Holliday, who is not seeking re-election as supervisor because he is running for governor.

District Three candidates are Bobby Strahan, Kelton Smith, Kendall McClinton, Irvin Templet, Dennis W. Dedeaux, Todd Lewis, P. Kyle Dossett, Robert Gordon Ladner, Jr., and Tony Pervel.

In the District One race, incumbent board president and supervisor Anthony Hales is seeking his unprecedented fifth consecutive term. He is challenged by former county employee Jimmy Buckley of White Sand Community. Buckley and Hales are running as Democrats, the only two Democrats in the whole field of local candidates.

In District Four incumbent supervisor J. Patrick Lee faces Brian K. Stockstill.

Other races and those filing are:

Chancery Clerk: incumbent David Earl Johnson.

Tax collector/assessor: incumbent Gary Beech.

County Prosecuting attorney: Cheryl D. Johnson, Laurie J. Hutchings and incumbent Aaron Russell, Jr.

Justice Court Judge North District: incumbent Judge James Hal Breland and Don Lee, Independent.

Justice Court Judge East District: Farron Moeller, Ray M. Bennett, Donald D. Fail and Gina Lee.

Justice Court Judge West District: incumbent John Mark Mitchell.

Pearl River County Supt. of Education: Alan Lumpkin and Pam McKean Frierson.

Constable North District: Harlan Amacker, Ronnie Walters, Danny Joe Slade and Rossie Creel.

Constable East District: Justin Faia.

Constable West District: Charles “Bogie” Stockstill.