County vote official; two items pending

Published 6:00 am Thursday, November 9, 2000

Lincoln County results of Tuesday’s election were certifiedWednesday, but some future election-related activities are stillpending, said Circuit Clerk Terry Case Watkins.

One pending matter involves a possible review of ballots in theLincoln County Education District 2 School Board race, and theother is official word on a runoff for a seat on the state SupremeCourt.

In the school board race, Jo Beth Thompson lost by 13 votes toJohnny L. Hart. Thompson indicated Wednesday she planned to requesta recount.

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“She has 10 days to decide what she’s going to do,” Watkinssaid, adding that Thompson had spoken to her about her electionoptions.

With an examination, Thompson would be able to review andrecount the ballots if she desires, Watkins said. Hart or arepresentative would also be entitled to be present for thereview.

The other pending matter involves preparation for a Nov. 21runoff for a seat on the state Supreme Court. Watkins said heroffice has yet to receive official word from the Secretary ofState’s Office on the runoff candidates.

“We’ve got to get our ballot printed and whose names to put onit,” Watkins said.

According to complete but unofficial results, appointedincumbent Oliver Diaz has qualified for the runoff with 128,302votes, or 39 percent. If results stand, Keith Starrett, circuitjudge for Lincoln, Pike and Walthall counties, is thechallenger.

“If everything stays like it is, he’s definitely in the runoff,”Watkins said about Starrett.

Starrett was second with 101,331, or 31 percent, while JonesCounty Judge Billy Joe Landrum was third with 97,829, or 30percent. Landrum was reportedly still considering his electionoptions.

Watkins said absentee voting in the Nov. 21 runoff would beginas soon as candidates are determined and ballots printed. Sheexpected that to be by next Tuesday.