By Daniel Brunty
The Winston County Journal
Election Day is right around the corner, and Winston County residents will have the opportunity to express their thoughts through vote for local judges and school board members.
The 2014 General Election is less than a week away, and Winston County residents will not only have their choice for the Senate, but they will also choose a congressman, multiple chancery court judges and a school board representative. They will also make a decision regarding the status of hunting and fishing in the state of Mississippi.
In the United States Senate race, Republican incumbent Thad Cochran will face Democrat Travis W. Childers and Reform candidate Shawn O’Hara. Cochran is coming off a very slim victory over fellow Republican Chris McDaniel in this past June’s Primary Election and Runoff.
The race for the U.S. House of Representatives 1st Congressional District features four candidates. The incumbent, Republican Congressman Alan Nunnelee, has been the U.S. Representative for Mississippi’s 1st congressional district since 2011. Nunnelee will face Democrat Ron E. Dickey, Libertarian Danny Bedwell, and Reform candidate Lajena Walley. Nunnelee ran uncontested in the June Primary Election.
In more local races, the Nonpartisan Judicial Elections all feature candidates running with no opposition. Kenny Griffis will remain judge for the Court of Appeals District 3, Position 2. Judge Joseph Kilgore will be re-elected to Chancery Court Judge for District 6, Place 1. Edward C. Fenwick has no opposition and will be Chancery Court Judge for Chancery Court District 6, Place 2.
In the last two races, Joey Loper, Jr. will remain Circuit Court 5 Judge for District 5, Place 1, while Clarence E. Morgan, III will be re-elected as Circuit Court 6 5 Judge for District 5, Place 2.
For School Board Trustees in District 2, Mark L. Dillard will face off against Jerry Hemphill for the seat.
Another item that residents will see on their ballot is a referendum regarding hunting and fishing in Mississippi. It will be listed on the ballot as “Statewide Initiative Measure No. 1, House Concurrent Resolution 30.” The referendum will read on the ballot “This proposed constitutional amendment establishes hunting, fishing, and the harvesting of wildlife, including by the use of traditional methods, as a constitutional right subject only to such regulations and restrictions that promote wildlife conservation and management as the Legislature may prescribe by general law.”
In Mississippi, a proposed amendment can be passed by majority vote, provided that the total number of votes cast on the initiative equals at least 30 percent of the total votes cast in the election.
This referendum, if passed, would create a constitutional right to hunt, fish and harvest game species throughout Mississippi. With many other states looking to ban hunting and fishing altogether, this referendum would make it under constitution that this issue would not occur in Mississippi at any point in the future.
The election is Tuesday, Nov. 4, and polls will be open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m.