Circuit clerk candidates dig in for runoff

Daily Times Leader

Clay County residents have one more week to cast early absentee votes for their choice of circuit court clerk.

The position was made available when former circuit court clerk Bob Harrell announced he would not seek another term.

While the Aug. 6 primary decided many elections, no candidate running for circuit court clerk acquired the necessary 50%-plus-one number of votes to win the race outright.

Long-time deputy circuit court clerk Barbara Jean Spraggins was nearest to victory, earning 2,280 votes or 41.39% of the votes cast.

The candidate with the second most votes was Kim Brown Hood, the 16th district drug court coordinator. Hood earned 1,775 or 32.22% of votes cast.

Both candidates are Democrats and will face off again in the Aug. 27 runoff, in which 55 people have already cast their absentee votes.

In total, 5,507 people voted in the circuit court clerk race during the Aug. 6 primary.

Voters can continue to cast absentee votes during normal office hours at the circuit court clerk's office in the courthouse on Main Street in West Point.

Additionally, the circuit court clerk's office will be open for special hours Saturday, the last day absentee votes will be collected. Residents can cast their early votes from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

After this week, voters can go to the polls Tuesday, Aug. 27 to determine the victor of the circuit court clerk race, as well as others not decided earlier this month, such as the Republican nominee for governor.

A tightly contested race for Mississippi’s highest office will see Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves attempt to defeat challenger Bill Waller, former Chief Justice for the Mississippi Supreme Court.

Polls will be open for the Aug. 27 election from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.