Meet the Candidates – Lee County


Lee County Candidates

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Bill Benson – R
Chancery Clerk

Uncontested for CHANCERY CLERK.

Diane Lambert – D
Circuit Clerk

General election for CIRCUIT CLERK.

The Circuit Clerk’s office is the front desk of the judicial system. As your Circuit Clerk, Diane Lambert’s job will be to serve you. And this means being available and accessible.

Mary Ann Gwin Lewis – R
Circuit Clerk

Republican primary for CIRCUIT CLERK.

With 23 Years Administrative and Managerial Experience, Mary Ann Gwin Lewis has established working relationships with Circuit Clerk partners and is willing to work for YOU.

Camille R. Mangum – R
Circuit Clerk

Republican primary for CIRCUIT CLERK.

I am a Graduate of The University of Mississippi with degrees in Political Science and English. Married 15 years to Calvin Mangum, who is a Master Sergeant with the Mississippi Highway Patrol. Calvin and I have 3 children.
I have served as a Deputy Circuit Clerk since 2001.  My time in the Circuit Clerk’s office has been invaluable in learning the details of an office dedicated to the important functions of voter registration, voter integrity, and the Criminal and Civil dockets of the Lee County. Please help me put those years of experience to work by allowing me to serve as your next Circuit Clerk of Lee County.
No other candidate possesses my unique combination of experience and energy. I believe in the values of hard work, efficiency, and maintaining the integrity of this important governmental office.
On August 4th, please vote for me as your Republican candidate. God Speed.

Scotty Dale Clark – R
Constable, D1

Incumbent for Republican primary for CONSTABLE, D1.

Randy P. Ellis – R
Constable, D1

Republican primary for CONSTABLE, D1.

Joe Huckaby- R
Constable, D1

Republican primary for CONSTABLE, D1.

Adam Carnathan – R
Constable, D2

Republican primary for CONSTABLE, D2.

Eddie Ellis – R
Constable, D2

Republican primary for CONSTABLE, D2.


David Hunt – R
Constable, D2

Republican primary for CONSTABLE, D2.

He has been a proven leader in our community and school system. He has been a member of the Lee County Republican Commitee. He has the values and beliefs that we need in public servants.

William Richey – R
Constable, D2

Republican primary for CONSTABLE, D2.

As a former Lee County reserve deputy and business owner of a trucking company, wrecker service & rental property manager, William Richey is a proven leader with deep roots in Lee County.

Ted Wood – R
Constable, D2

Incumbent in Republican primary for CONSTABLE, D2.

Ricky Ellis – R
Constable, D3

General election for CONSTABLE, D3.

Phil Gann – D
Constable, D3

General election for CONSTABLE, D3.

Tom Henry “Punnie” Lyles – D
Constable, D4

General election for CONSTABLE, D4.

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Johnny Patterson – I
Constable, D4

General election for CONSTABLE, D4.

Lee county native
18 Years of Law Enforcement
Former Shannon Chief of Police
Current Lee County School Resource Officer
Married 30 Years to Carol (Terry) Patterson
2 Sons Corey and Cody Patterson
1 Granddaughter Jennifer Claire

I will use my experience for the benefit of District 4.

Carolyn Green – D
Coroner

Incumbent in general election for CORONER.

The position of Lee County Coroner is a passion for Carolyn, not a political aspiration or job.   This is evidenced through the many stories being shared and the overwhelming support being showed.  Carolyn provides an experience that the community has come to expect from this position.

Kevin Parker – R
Coroner

General election for CORONER.

I have the management and administrative experience necessary to effectively handle the budget of the Coroner’s Office and the proven leadership to make positive contributions to the Coroner’s Office and to the Citizens of Lee County. I am the only candidate that has the Professional Training, Management Experience, and Proven Leadership for the position of Lee County Coroner.

James Moore – D
County Attorney

Uncontested for COUNTY ATTORNEY.

Carl Scherff – R
County Surveyor

Uncontested for COUNTY SURVEYOR.

Chuck Hopkins – R
Justice Court Judge, D1

Uncontested for JUSTICE COURT JUDGE, D1.

John Hoyt Sheffield – R
Justice Court Judge, D2

Uncontested for JUSTICE COURT JUDGE, D2.

Phyllis Maharrey Dye – R
Justice Court Judge, D3

Republican primary for JUSTICE COURT JUDGE, D3.

I am a former partner in Maharrey Court Reporting and have been in courtrooms on all levels. I have been in the chancery clerks office since 2008 and through bookkeeping (and my experience), I have a working knowledge of the justice system.

Sadie Holland – D
Justice Court Judge, D3

Incumbent in general election for JUSTICE COURT JUDGE, D3.

Holland was elected in 2003 when Mayo Grubbs decided to step down from the bench. Her experience on the bench actually precedes her 12 years as Justice Court Judge when she was the mayor of Nettleton back in the 1980s and, at that time, the mayor was also the municipal judge.

William Wayne Housely- R
Justice Court Judge, D3

Republican primary for JUSTICE COURT JUDGE, D3.

I have been a Tupelo-based practicing attorney for more than 20 years. Some of my first experiences were in Lee County Justice Court in front of Judge Mayo Grubbs. I have been in all courtrooms, from Justice Court all the way up to federal court. I want to be able to help those in need, and Justice Court is the court where people have more interaction with each other and with the judge.

Joseph “Eddie” Beasley – I
Justice Court Judge, D4

General election for JUSTICE COURT JUDGE, D4.

Marcus Crump – D
Justice Court Judge, D4

Democratic primary for JUSTICE COURT JUDGE, D4.

I want to serve the citizens of Lee County. My family lives in District 4. My job is in District 4 so that’s the community I want to help the most. I want to be a fair judge – to be able to give back to the community by giving them justice.

Duane Jones, Sr. – D
Justice Court Judge, D4

Democratic primary for JUSTICE COURT JUDGE, D4.

I have a good work ethic, and I am ready to serve. I’ve had a lot of training in conflict resolution, about 20 years worth as a teacher. I want to serve the people of Lee County. This is a growing district. I’ve been here 28 years and have seen this area grow.

Michael Stafford – I
Justice Court Judge, D4

General election for JUSTICE COURT JUDGE, D4.

I went to school and studied criminal justice. In the military, I learned the leadership skills needed for the job. The military also instilled the idea of honesty and doing the right thing in me. I want a job working for the people and helping those in need. I don’t want to just sit at home because of my injury in Iraq. I want to get out and make a difference.

Rickey W. Thompson – D
Justice Court Judge, D4

Incumbent in Democratic primary for JUSTICE COURT JUDGE, D4.

Thompson was the first black man elected to Lee County Justice Court in 2003 and is the only judge the fourth district has ever known. He cites his 12 years on the bench as his qualifications for the office. He likes the job because it gives him a chance to educate the public on the ins and outs of the criminal justice system as there are many who don’t know how the system works before being thrown right in the middle of it.

Frederick “Fred” Washington – D
Justice Court Judge, D4

Democratic primary for JUSTICE COURT JUDGE, D4.

After getting a degree in criminal justice from Mary Holmes Community College, Washington graduated the North Mississippi Law Enforcement Training Center and has been in law enforcement for 15 years, once serving as the assistant police chief in Nettleton. He said his first venture into politics was prompted by looking at how the system was not serving the people.

Dovie Outlaw Williams – D
Justice Court Judge, D4

Democratic primary for JUSTICE COURT JUDGE, D4.

Jim Johnson
Sheriff

Uncontested for SHERIFF.

Robert R. Smith – R
Superintendent of Education

Republican primary for SUPERINTENDENT OF EDUCATION.

Jimmy Weeks – R
Superintendent of Education

Incumbent in Republican primary for SUPERINTENDENT OF EDUCATION.

As Lee County Superintendent of Education for the last four years, Jimmy Weeks has worked to ensure that parents and students enjoy all the benefits that a quality education brings to our community.  He is dedicated to properly maintained schools which provide a superior learning environment. Jimmy understands that teachers need the proper tools and training to bring out the best in all of their students.

Phil Morgan – R
Supervisor, D1

Uncontested for SUPERVISOR, D1.

Bobby Smith – R
Supervisor, D2

Incumbent in Republican primary for SUPERVISOR, D2.

When he took office in 2000, the furniture industry, which dominated the region’s economy, was starting to struggle. Today, the county’s economy is more diversified than it has ever been thanks to the banding together that created the mega-industrial site, where Toyota Motor Manufacturing now sits. Smith also ranks the creation of the tuition guarantee program as one of the most important developments during his tenure. The program covers four semesters of tuition after scholarships and grants to Itawamba Community College for Lee County high school graduates. He advocated for the program to cover homeschool and private school graduates in the county. Going forward, Bobby Smith said he is concerned about adequate funding for construction of roads, schools and the county jail.

Michael W. Smith – R
Supervisor, D2

Republican primary for SUPERVISOR, D2.

Although Mike Smith hasn’t worked in government, his decades in business as a cattle broker/producer, trucker and real estate investor have taught him many lessons that have prepared him to serve the county. The most important has been following through on commitments. If elected supervisor, he said he would like to see expanded programs for youth and economic development that creates jobs that would retain more of Lee County’s bright young adults, who have had to seek jobs elsewhere after college graduation. He would like to see more support for law enforcement, breaks for small business owners and continued emphasis on building strong infrastructure in the county.

Mike Atom – R
Supervisor, D3

Republican primary for SUPERVISOR, D3.

Danny Barrows – R
Supervisor, D3

Republican primary for SUPERVISOR, D3.

Rickey Coker – D
Supervisor, D3

General election for SUPERVISOR, D3.

Toby Hedges – R
Supervisor, D3

Republican primary for SUPERVISOR, D3.

Jacob A. McCord – R
Supervisor, D3

Republican primary for SUPERVISOR, D3.

Tony Roper – R
Supervisor, D3

Republican primary for SUPERVISOR, D3.

Tyler Weathers – R
Supervisor, D3

Republican primary for SUPERVISOR, D3.

Tommie Lee Ivy – D
Supervisor, D4

Uncontested for SUPERVISOR, D4.

Charles Dale Heard – R
Supervisor, D5

Democratic primary for SUPERVISOR, D5.

Billy Joe Holland – D
Supervisor, D5

Incumbent in Democratic primary for SUPERVISOR, D5.

Joe McKinney – R
Supervisor, D5

General election for SUPERVISOR, D5.

Mark “Winky” Weathers – R
Tax Assessor

Uncontested for TAX ASSESSOR.

Leroy E. Belk – R
Tax Collector

Incumbent in Republican primary for TAX COLLECTOR.

Elise Robbins Hill – R
Tax Collector

Republican primary for TAX COLLECTOR.

Danny Mitchell – R
Tax Collector

Republican primary for TAX COLLECTOR.

Being kind, respectful and courteous is not a difficult way to be. As a matter of fact, it’s quite easy. Simply keeping in mind, that the people you serve on a daily basis, come to you for help and guidance. They want their questions answered, their concerns heard and someone to spend quality time listening and determining the very best solution to resolve their issues.