(Photo by Scott Welton, Staff)
CHARLESTON -- Mississippi County voters decided to keep their sheriff for another four years but will have two new county commissioners.
With only a single candidate not filing for county office as a Democrat in Mississippi County, voters were able to see all local races resolved but one during Tuesday's primary election.
In the race for sheriff, incumbent Keith Moore received 1,815 votes to win another term while challenger Roy Moore brought in 967.
"I'm just glad it's over," the sheriff said following the unofficial results. "It's been a long, hard four months. I'm ready to get back to normal."
Democrat Robert M. Jackson managed an upset in the first district associate county commissioner race by defeating incumbent Homer Oliver on the Democratic ballot 682-528.
Voters selected Steve Jones in the four-way race to replace Martin Lucas as associate county commission for the second district with 554 votes. Also running were Clinton L. Wolford, 468 votes; Charles Byassee, 451; and Terry Bruce McLain, 98.
Lucas did not seek another term as county commissioner but as the only candidate for county surveyor will return to that position having received 2,282 votes. The county surveyor office has remained vacant since Lucas left it to serve as county commissioner.
Also not seeking another term in office was County Assessor W.R. "Bill" Thompson. Winning the race to run as a Democrat for assessor was Shirley J. Coffer who defeated Chuck Davis 1,516-1,264.
Coffer will face the Republican candidate, Timothy J. Rolwing, who received 277 votes, in the November general election.
Democrats who ran as unopposed incumbents were Public Administrator Richard T. "Rick" Reed Jr., who received 2,281 votes, and Coroner Terry A. Parker, who brought in 2,327.
County Clerk Junior DeLay said the 39-percent voter turnout was OK but slightly less than expected.
"I predicted 4,000," DeLay said. "We had 3,282."