County sees uptick in voter turnout

Josh Presley
News Reporter

Tuesday's Election Day saw a 51 percent voter turnout in Clay County, up from the 45 percent for last year's November election.
Of the county's 14,420 registered voters, 7,364 came out for Tuesday's election, and Clay County went against statewide votes in a few races, according to the official election summary report.
Though Gov. Phil Bryant handily secured another term against Democratic candidate Robert Gray — Bryant received 435,698 votes statewide to Gray's 212,727 — in Clay County, only 59 votes separated the two.
As for races closer to home, Scott Colom defeated incumbent Forrest Allgood in the race for District 16 District Attorney. Colom received 20,043 votes overall to Allgood's 17,615, and Colom received 4,312 Clay County votes to Allgood's 2,957. Colom secured 59 percent of the Clay County vote to Allgood's 40 percent.
As for local races, incumbent Thomas Hampton and Chris McBrayer secured the county's two justice court judge seats.
The race for the county's District 5 election commissioner will go to a runoff in three weeks, according to Circuit Clerk Bob Harrell, as none of the candidates received the necessary 50 percent plus one of the vote.
Mae Brewer received 46.88 percent of the vote to Belinda Ann Rice's 23.95 percent and Joyce M. Washington's 28.83 percent