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Jones elected commissioner; local use tax fails in Mississippi County

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

CHARLESTON -- Mississippi County's associate county commissioners will be Democrats Mitch Pullen and Darrell Jones when the new year begins.

In the race to represent the county's second district on the Mississippi County Commission, voters selected Jones over Republican Stanley Craig Sutton 1,465 to 1,168.

The incumbent, Steve Jones, did not seek another term.

Pullen, who defeated incumbent Robert Jackson in the August primary election for the first district commissioner seat, received 1,877 votes Tuesday.

In another important decision facing the county's voters, a proposed local use tax of 1 and 3/4 percent to replace lost sales tax revenue on vehicles purchased out of state was soundly rejected by nearly 70 percent of the votes: there were only 1,339 yes votes while 3,111 votes were against the measure.

In the four unopposed re-election bids at the county level, incumbent Democrats collected the following votes: Sheriff Keith Moore, 3,799; Coroner Terry A. Parker, 4,128; Public Administrator Richard T. "Rick" Reed Jr., 3,975; and Surveyor Martin Lucas, 4,006.

Also unopposed in her bid to replace incumbent Assessor Shirley Coffer, who did not seek another term, was Democrat Lisa Finley Norton who received 3,931 votes.

In Circuit Judge Dolan's unopposed bid for another term heading the 33rd Judicial Circuit, 3,829 county voters marked the circle by his name.

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