TUPELO • Come January, Billy Joe Holland will be the only member of his family to hold elected office.
On Tuesday, Holland won re-election to a third term representing District 5 on the Lee County Board of Supervisors.
Running as a Republican, Holland defeated Democratic challenger Charles Dale Heard. Holland received 3,071 votes while Heard picked up 1,716 votes.
This Tuesday victory comes after Holland previously won a contested Republican primary in August.
“I’m tickled,” Holland said. “I’m proud that the people had enough confidence in me to put me in for another term.”
The incumbent credited his ballot box victory to “getting out amongst the people.”
This was Holland’s first election as a Republican. He previously ran for office as a Democrat. His re-election maintains GOP control of the Board of Supervisors, with four of five seats.
Tuesday’s elections did, however, usher Billy Joe Holland’s brother Steve Holland out of legislative post. The mother of the pair, Sadie Holland, did not run for re-election to her Justice Court post and will retire at the end of the year.
“The people of Lee County have been good to the Hollands,” Billy Joe Holland said.
Looking to the next term, Holland believes that the Board of Supervisors will face challenges related to road repair and the county jail.
Funding is always a challenge as it relates to these big ticket items, Holland said.
With respect to the jail, Holland prefers to hire a consultant to advise the county. If not, Holland is ready to stop talking about the issue.
“We’ve either got to deal with it or put it away and forget about it,” Holland said.