With nonpartisan – no party affiliation – voting, recent races have been settled easily and simply. Editor Don Whitten points to these races and what’s ahead with primaries this summer as proof that we should consider wide-open elections, particularly when it involves local offices. (February 2, 2011, Page 4)
Candidates continue to file qualifying papers for local elections. See an up-to-date listing in today’s EAGLE. (January 17, 2011, Page 1)
After 24 years of serving Lafayette County as its Circuit Court Clerk, Mary Alice Busby has decided to turn the job over to whomever the voters believe will be the best person for the job. Busby decided she would not seek reelection during the holidays.
However, more than 20 people have already thrown their hats into the election ring in the first 48 hours of the qualification period that began on Monday. (January 6, 2011, Page 1)
Candidates wishing to run for a county office can begin registering on Monday. The deadline to register for county races is March 1, according to deputy circuit court clerk Baretta Mosely. The qualifying deadline for state races is June 1.
Races on this year’s ballot in the county are for sheriff, chancery clerk, circuit clerk, tax assessor/collector, coroner, constables, supervisors, Justice court judges, election commissioners and school board members. (January 3, 2011, Page 1)
Lafayette County interim coroner Rocky Kennedy won the race Tuesday to keep the position he was appointed to by the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors one year ago.
With all 18 precincts reporting by 9 p.m., Kennedy walked away with 59.04 percent of the votes. His opponent, Richard Shivers, took 29.16 percent of the votes while former coroner Lonnie Weaver had just 11.66 percent of the votes.
“I’m glad it’s over,” Kennedy said. “But I think Lafayette County made the right choice a year ago when they appointed me, and I think when the people voted, they proved Lafayette County right.” (November 3, 2010, Page 1)
Midterm elections generally don’t bring high percentages of voters out to the polls.
“Typically in the past it’s been fairly low,” said Lafayette County Circuit Clerk Mary Alice Busby.
But this year, Busby expects the turnout to be higher.“We’re had a much large amount of absentee voters for this election,” she said.
All 18 voter precincts will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. The deadline to register to vote has passed and Busby said there are no last minute registrations.
There are 24,235 people registered to vote in Lafayette County. (November 1, 2010, Page 1A)
The Fran Talbert family writes to thank local veterans and others for the outpouring of respect following the death of Fran Talbert, while Lena L. Ward writes to tell readers who they should be mad at rather than President Obama and the Democrats. (November 1, 2010, Page 4A)
Have you got your tricks and treats set up for Sunday evening? Editor Don Whitten passes out some early tricks and treats, but not the kind you’ll be handing out on Halloween. Some get treats for what they’re doing, while others are given tricks. (October 28, 2010, Page 4)
Term limits – good or bad? They’re good if you like keeping folks in elected office that do a good job. They’re bad if you believe fresh blood and fresh ideas are needed. Editor Don Whitten notes that term limits can be set without legislation – by voters going to the ballot box and limiting terms of those they want out of office but yet leaving in those they want to keep. (October 22, 2010, Page 4A)
Election campaigning once meant small political cards, bumper stickers and possibly a fan to wave. Nowadays, it’s signs on posts and in yards and on street corners. Local columnist John Morgan relates a humorous story about his campaign signs from a year ago and how some were being used by someone else. (September 24, 2010, Page 4A)