Thames re-elected; other Law. school race unclear

Published 6:00 am Thursday, November 9, 2006

Tony Thames easily won re-election to a second term representingDistrict Three on the Lawrence County School Board, but who wouldrepresent the wide open District Four was still in questionWednesday morning.

Scott Bryan led Shirley Walker by a narrow 27-vote margin incomplete, but unofficial, results released Tuesday night. Scottcaptured 327 votes and Walker’s 300 votes. Joel Lucero, alsochallenging for the seat, earned 110 votes.

However, with 50 affidavit ballots yet to count the race is notover.

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It is unknown how many of those votes will fall within DistrictFour, said Lawrence County Circuit Clerk Cindy Stokes. Theaffidavit ballots were being counted this morning and Stokes saidshe hoped to have them tallied by this afternoon.

“It’s kind of exciting,” Bryan said Wednesday morning. “We had agood number of people turn out, and that’s always a goodthing.”

Bryan said he could not speculate on how the election willend.

“We’ll have to wait until this afternoon and see where the votesfall,” he said.

Thames, who won a second term, said he was proud to be able tocontinue to serve the people of District Three.

“It’s always humbling to be given that confidence,” he said. “Ithink it’s a big responsibility and I’ll do the best I can to liveup to it and be the voice of the people.”

Thames defeated Tina King by a vote of 471 to 302, garnering60.9 percent of the vote.

King, president of the Topeka-Tilton Attendance Center ParentTeacher Organization, was very gracious in her defeat. Shecongratulated Thames on his victory and asked for a meeting withhim to discuss some of her concerns.

“We need to talk,” she said. “There are some issues in Topeka Ithink you should be aware of.”

Copiah County election results were unavailable Wednesdaymorning, according to a clerk at the circuit clerk’s office.

A summary report printed Tuesday night “grew legs and walked”and the technician in charge of printing reports from the machinehad not reported to the office by 9:45 a.m. to print a copy of thesummary, she said.

In Franklin County, Districts Three and Four seats were alsoboth contested.

Clara M. Starks will represent District Three after defeatingL.D. Zumbro, Jr. and Mark Thornton. Starks collected 43 percent ofthe vote, or 236 votes, to outpace Zumbro, 212 votes, and Thornton,96 votes.

Tyler Scott won a narrow victory over Kim Priest to representDistrict Four. Scott, with 293 votes, only edged Priest’s 287 bysix votes.

Franklin County also elected two election commissionersTuesday.

Elizabeth Lazarus’s 297 votes was enough to claim a victory overDemocrat Hilda Peeler, with 254 votes, and James Nix, with 91votes, for the District Two seat.

S.L. Magee’s 384 votes was enough to left the Republican overDemocrat Robert Fleming’s 199 votes to represent District Four.