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Malcolm to take supervisor seat next week

Malcolm Perry will take the seat of Pearl River County Supervisor District II once the results have been certified.
Circuit Clerk Vickie Harriel said there are still two affidavit votes outstanding, which are awaiting proof of identification.
The election commission has ten days to certify the results, which would put Perry taking office on Friday Dec. 5, at the latest. If the results are certified before that, he will be able to take office at that point.
Tuesday’s runoff was part of the special election to fill the vacant seat left by the late Joyce Culpepper, who passed earlier this year. Since the seat was left vacant for more than a year, a special election had to be held to fill the vacancy, Harriel said. In the interim, the seat has been occupied by Culpepper’s daughter, Michele Carr. Carr did not run to hold the seat.
During Tuesday’s election Perry received 658 votes to James Ernie Clark’s 580. Harriel said the two outstanding votes will not affect the outcome.
Perry will hold the seat until the end of the term, which is Dec. 31, 2015. Another election will be held next year to fill the seat for a four-year term. If Perry chooses to run again for the position, he will have to recertify, Harriel said.
Harriel said turnout for Tuesday’s election was low, estimated to be about 17 percent. She said a possible reason for the low turnout was due to the election being held on Thanksgiving week.
Below are the votes cast for each candidate within each beat.
In Buck Branch beat 2, 193 people voted for Clark, while 42 voted for Perry. In Byrdline beat 2, 28 voted for Clark, 9 voted for Perry. In Ford’s Creek beat 2, 35 voted for Clark, 22 voted for Perry. In Henleyfield beat 2, 57 voted for Clark while 220 voted for Perry. In Mill Creek beat 2, 38 voted for Clark, 88 voted for Perry. Within Oak Hill beat 2, 69 voted for Clark, 74 voted for Perry. In Picayune beat 2, 43 voted for Clark while 112 voted for Perry. In Poplarville beat 2, 63 voted for Clark, 66 voted for Perry. In Whitesand beat 2, 54 voted for Clark, 25 voted for Perry.