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Special election still set for Tuesday

Gov. Haley Barbour has said he will decide sometime today whether to delay Tuesday’s special election due to hazardous road conditions after Sunday’s winter storm dumped several inches of snow and ice on Mississippi roads.Lafayette County Circuit Court Clerk Mary Alice Busby said her office is open and is preparing for the elections to go on as planned.

“No one has told me otherwise,” Busby said this morning.

If the election is not moved, polls will open at all 18 Lafayette County precincts at 7 a.m. for voters to cast their ballot for a new North Mississippi Transportation Commissioner — a seat that was left open when the late Bill Minor died of a heart attack on Nov. 1.

Other special elections Tuesday include a state senate race in Lee and Pontotoc counties and a state representative race in Harrison County.

Busby said if the election is not canceled, she fears there will be a low voter turnout.

“It does concern me,” she said.

Candidates running for transportation commissioner are:

— Ray Minor, 66, of Holly Springs, the late Bill Minor’s brother.

— State Rep. Warner McBride, 54, of Courtland, chairman of the House Transportation Committee for the Mississippi State House of Representatives where he has served since 1992.

— Mike Tagert, 40, of Starkville, president of the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway Development Council.

— John Caldwell, 49, of Nesbit, transportation director for the DeSoto County School District.He was a DeSoto County supervisor from 1996 to 2000 and was defeated by Bill Minor in the 2003 Northern District transportation commissioner’s race.

— Joey Hood, 35, of Marietta, has worked for the Department of Transportation for 17 years, most recently as Minor’s top assistant.

— Dennis Grisham, 66, of Dumas, is in his seventh term as Tippah County supervisor and is past owner of Grisham Asphalt and Paving Co.

— Larry Lee, of Grenada, owns an auto and truck parts store.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)
—alyssa@oxfordeagle.com

 (January 10, 2011, Page 1)

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