By Steve Swogetinsky

Kemper Messenger



Mississippi’s primary elections will be held Tuesday, August 6, with five races being contested in the Kemper County Democratic Primary.

Polls open at 7 a.m. and will close at 7 p.m.

Three of the five members of the board of supervisors have opponents in the Democratic Party primary. There will be independent candidates seeking all five board seats in the November 5 general election.

In District 1, incumbent James “Pat” Granger is being challenged by Anthony Boyd in the Democratic primary. The winner will face independent candidate Chris Collins in the November general election.

In District 2, incumbent Johnny B. Whitsett faces Willie B. Ellerby in the Democrat primary. The winner will face independent Rusty Calbert in the November primary.

District 5 incumbent Christopher (Chris) Cole (Democrat) is being challenged by Helen Shan Roberts and Chandler “Bernard” Rush in the Democrat primary. The winner will face independent Christy Harbour Hamilton in the November general elections.

Incumbent supervisors Justin Creer (District 3) and Mike Luke (District 4) do not have opponents in the Democratic primary but do face independent candidates in the November primary. Scott Johnson is challenging Creer and Marcell Chamberlain is challenging Luke.

There will be contested races for sheriff, the Circuit Clerk, both Constable’s posts and for coroner.

Sheriff James Moore does not have an opponent I the Democratic Party Primary. He faces Scooba police chief Steven Jackson who is running as an independent in November.

Incumbent circuit clerk Tracey McCoy Murray does not have an opponent in the Democrat Party primary. She is being challenged by independent Shirley Steele Jackson in the general election.

Constable Post 1 incumbent Ray C. Williams (Democrat) is being challenged by independent Johnny Griffin in the general election.

 Constable Post 2 incumbent Randy Thornton (Democrat) is being challenged by Michael Oliver and Jurlean Brown in the Democrat primary. The winner faces independent Samuel Tisdale Jr. in the general election.

 Incumbent coroner Terry Bostick is being challenged by Peggy Jones Henderson in the Democratic Party primary.

Incumbents Chancery Clerk Sherline Dee Dansby Watkins (Democrat), Tax Assessor/collector Joycelyn T. Robertson (Democrat), and Justice Court Judges Post 1 Mary Purvis Gully and Post 2 Linda Sciple Wright will all run unopposed and will go back into office for another four years in January 2020.