From press and staff reports
The Winston County Circuit Clerks Office is humming with business as they prepare for the 2015 General Election to be held on Tuesday, November 3.
Statewide races that will be held on that day range from the Governor’s seat all the way to Senate and House of Representative positions.
For Governor Republican and incumbent Phil Bryant faces Democrat Rober Gray and Reform Shaw O’Hara. Incumbent Lt. Governor Tate Reeves faces Democrat Tim Johnson, Libertarian Ron Williams, and Reform Rosa B. Williams. For Secretary of State incumbent and Republican Delbert Hosemann faces Democrate Charles E. Graham and Reform Rady Walker.
For State Attorney General Democrat incumbent Jim Hood faces Republican Mike Hurst. For State Auditor incumbent and Republican Stacey E. Pickering faces Democrat Jocelyn “Joce” Pepper Pritchett and Reform Lajena Walley.
For State Treasurer incumbent and republican Lynn Fitch faces Reform Viola V. McFarland. For Commisioner of Agriculture and Commerce incumbent and Republican Cyndy Hyde-Smith faces Democrat Addie Lee Green and Reform Cathy L. Toole. For Commissioner of Insurance Republican and incumbent Mike Chaney is unopposed.
For Public Service Commssioner in the Norther District incumbent and democrate Brandon Presley faces Republcian Mike Maynard. For Transportation Commissioner in the northern district incumbent and Republican Mike Tagert faces Democrat Danny Woods.
For District Attorney Democrat and incumbent Doug Evans runs unopposed. For State Senate District 18 Republican Jenifer B. Branning runs unopposed.
For State Senate 32 Democrat Sampson Jackson, II faces Republican Don Wiggins.
For State House of Representatives 35 Republican and incumbent Joey Hood faces Democrate Patrick Warner.
For State House of Representatives 42 Democrat Carl L. Mickens faces Independent Dorothy Baker Hines. For State House of Representatives 43 Democrat Paul Millsaps faces Republican Loyd B. “Rob” Roberson. For State House of Representatives 45 Democrat Michael Ted Evans runs unopposed.
County races for Winston County will include coroner, chancery and circuit clerk, county attorney, sheriff, tax assessor, constable, and multiple supervisor and justice court judge positions.
Some of the candidates of these races do not feature any opposition. All candidates that are facing no opposition are of the Democratic Party. The races with no opposition are: Julie Cunningham for Chancery Clerk, Kim T. Ming for Circuit Clerk, Scott Gregory for Coroner, Kiley C. Kirk for County Attorney, James “Burr” Warner for Supervisor District 1, Ralph Goss for Supervisor District 4, Larry Duran for Supervisor District 5, Mike Fuller for Justice Court Judge East Post, Robert A. Beck for Justice Court Judge West Post, Roy Dale Fulton for Constable East Post, and Edward “Ed” Hunt for Constable West Post.
Five local races will be voted on during the Nov. 3 Primary. For Winston County Sheriff, Jason Pugh (Dem) will run against Donnie G. Graham (Rep). For Winston County Tax Assessor Collector, Darlene Fryery Bane (Dem) will run against Russell Gene “Rusty” Foster (Independent).
For the Supervisor District 2 position, Robert C. Goodin, Sr. (Rep) will run against Luke Lamar Parkes (Dem). In the Supervisor District 3 race, Marion E. Jordan (Dem), Shawn Edwards (Independent) and Ben Jackson (Independent) will face off against each other. For District 5 School Board Trustee, Nancy Young Jordan, Mike McAdory and Bobby “Bubba” Pierce are seeking the seat.
This year’s ballot will also feature a statewide initiative regarding funding of public schools. Mississippi Legislature passed a law in 1997 that promised that each public school district in Mississippi would receive enough financial support to adequately fund every K-12 education program in the state. Since that promise, Legislature has only fully funding public schools twice in nearly 20 years. The result is a $1.7 billion statewide shortfall since FY2009.
Nearly 200,000 Mississippians from every county and both political parties took a stand and signed petitions to have Initiative 42 placed on this year’s ballot to amend the state Constitution in a way that makes public education a priority instead of an afterthought.
A vote for Initiative 42 would require Mississippi Legislature to provide full funding for the public school system. If the Legislature does not provide the full funding, it would be subject to judicial enforcement.
After Initiative 42 was brought to the forefront, an alternative measure was added to the ballot.
Alternative Measure 42A would also require the Legislature to provide the full funding of public school, but if the Legislature does not provide the funding, it would not be subject to judicial enforcement.
According to the Legislative Budget Office Fiscal Analysis, if Initiative 42 is passed and the court system required K-12 Public Education to be funded at the amount called for by the statutory Mississippi Adequate Education Program, the Legislature would need to appropriate an additional $201,031,129 above the fiscal year 2016 budgeted amount.
With this increase in the budget, the Legislature states it would be possible that cuts to agency budgets and fees or tax increases could be seen.
The first part of the ballot asks for voters to vote for approval of either Initiative 42 or Alternative 42A or against both Initiative 42 and Alternative 42A.
The next part of the ballot asks for voters who support either Initiative 42 or Alternative 42A to choose between Initiative 42 or Alternative 42A.
“Casting a ballot on Election Day is not only our right, but our responsibility—one we too often take for granted,” says Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. “We have soldiers who have fought and died to protect the rights you decide on Election Day. Law enforcement and first responders protect our rights as citizens to vote every day. We should honor their sacrifices by registering to vote and by casting a ballot.”
If you would like more information regarding the sample ballot or the voting process in Winston County, you may contact the Winston County Circuit Clerk’s Office at 662-773-3581.