TUPELO • Lee County voters came out in support of their incumbents Tuesday, returning the circuit clerk, two constables and the tax assessor to office.
Despite a computer software glitch that delayed the results by several hours, Circuit Clerk Camille Dulaney easily defeated Democratic challenger Cecilia Beene Griffin. The incumbent pulled in nearly 17,000 votes for 69 percent of the vote. Griffin, in her first foray into politics, collected 7,520 votes.
In another countywide contested race, incumbent Tax Assessor Mark Weathers collected 68 percent of the vote. Weathers won 28 of the 36 precinct boxes to gather 16,688 votes in the unofficial totals. Democratic challenger Gloria Holliday received 7,884 votes.
In the constable races, Ted Wood, 67, won his eighth straight election. He has been the District 2 Constable since 1993. Wood swept all eight precincts to garner 74 percent of the vote to defeat Democrat Randy Ellis. Wood finished with 5,823 votes while Ellis received 2,016.
District 4 challenger Johnny Patterson only picked up 2 of the 9 boxes and was unable to unseat Tom Henry “Punnie” Lyles, who has been in office since 2004. The men have been friends for a quarter century and ran laid-back campaigns. Lyles finished the night with 3,150 votes to 1,197 for Patterson.