EDITOR'S NOTE: We updated this story on 11/13 to include affidavit and absentee ballots, plus state results.
Itawamba County Sheriff Chris Dickinson has been reelected to a fourth term in office, according to unofficial results of the Nov. 5 general election.
Dickinson, running Republican, bested Democratic candidate Glenn Jenkins in a landslide vote. The incumbent sheriff earned 83% of the 7,080 ballots cast, or 6,011 votes to Jenkins’s 1,255.
In the supervisors’s races, Donnie Wood defeated Darrell Ray to become Itawamba County’s new 1st District Supervisor. Wood earned 1,067 votes, or 85%, to Ray’s 182 votes. Wood ran as a Republican, Ray as a Democrat.
Wood will replace longtime supervisor and former board of supervisors president Charles Horn when he takes office in January. Horn chose not to run for reelection this year.
In the 3rd District, Republican Terry Moore defeated Democrat Philip Blackmon by more than 700 votes. Moore earned 1,106 votes, or 73% of the total ballots cast; Blackmon garnered 400 votes, or 27%.
Moore will take over the seat currently held by longtime supervisor Steve Moore, who chose not to run for reelection.
Finally, voters elected Bill Sheffield as the new 5th District Supervisor. Sheffield, running Republican, defeated Democrat Marie Johnson 86% to 14%. Sheffield earned 1,296 votes to Johnson’s 217.
Sheffield will replace current 5th District Supervisor Steve Johnson, who lost his bid for a second term in office during the Republican primaries.
A majority of the local races on the ballot were uncontested, having either been decided in the primaries or as soon as the registration period to run for office came to a close. Last week’s uncontested races, and the candidates who won them, include chancery clerk, Michelle Clouse; circuit clerk, Carol Gates; coroner, Shelia Summerford; county attorney, Michael P. “Chip” Mills Jr.; tax assessor, Tami Montgomery Beane; tax collector, Debbie Ann Johnson; Supervisor 2nd District, Cecil “Ike” Johnson; Supervisor 4th District, Eric “Tiny” Hughes; justice court judges, Harold Holcomb and John Bishop; and constables, Terry Johnson and Doug Lesley.
Local voters followed statewide trends in Mississippi’s legislative races. Itawambians strongly supported Republican Tate Reeves, the state’s current lieutenant governor, in what would prove to be his successful bid for the governor’s seat. Reeves garnered 5,717 of the 6,830 ballots cast in Itawamba County, or just over 84% of the local vote. Despite a relatively close race statewide, Democrat Jim Hood proved largely unpopular in Itawamba County. Hood, the state’s current attorney general, scored just 23% of the total local vote, or 1,574 votes.
Constitution Party candidate Bob Hickingbottom earned 33 Itawamba County votes; David R. Singletary, running as an independent, earned 52 local votes.
Itawambians almost universally favored Republican candidate Delbert Hosemann for the state’s new lieutenant governor. Hosemann earned 6,393 local votes, or 87% of the Itawamba ballots cast. His opponent, Democrat Jay Hughes, earned just 953 local ballots, or 13%. Hosemann went on to win the state race.
Lynn Fitch, Republican, captured most of Itawamba County’s vote in her successful bid for attorney general. 84% of Itawambians who voted last Tuesday did so in Fitch’s favor. Her opponent, Jennifer Riley Colins, earned 1,017 votes, or 16%.
Republican David McRae was Itawamba’s (and the state as a whole) pick for treasurer. He earned 6,441 of the 7,321 ballots cast in the race, or 88%. His opponent, Democrat Addie Lee Green, earned 880 local votes.
Andy Gipson was easily the local favorite for the state’s commissioner of agriculture and commerce. The Republican candidate and the race’s ultimate winner scored 6,096 local votes to his opponent, Rickey L. Cole’s, 1,177.
Local voters sided with the majority of the state’s voters in picking Republican Mike Chaney to be the commissioner of insurance. Chaney earned 6,451 local votes, or 88% of the total ballots cast. His opponent, Democrat Robert E. Amos, earned 852 votes.
Northern District Transportation Commissioner John Caldwell, Republican, garnered 6,257 local votes, representing approximately 86% of the total votes cast. Democrat Joe T. “Joey” Grist earned 1,043 local votes.
Finally, Itawamba County voters sided with most their fellow voters in electing Republican Daniel H. Sparks to fill the senate seat currently occupied by J.P. Wilemon. Sparks earned 4,293 local votes, or 86% of the total ballots cast. His opponent, Democrat Steve Eaton, earned 680 local votes.