Lee wins tax collector race, legislators retain seats

Lee, a longtime assistant to outgoing Tax Collector Paige Lamkin, currently serves as deputy tax collector for the county.
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RYAN PHILLIPS
DTL Editor

Clay County will have a familiar face as its next tax collector after Porsha Johnson Lee, a Democrat, defeated Libertarian challenger Michael Collier in Tuesday’s General Election.

Lee, a longtime assistant to outgoing Tax Collector Paige Lamkin, currently serves as deputy tax collector for the county.

Before absentee and affidavit ballots were processed, which would not have impacted the outcome of the race, Lee won with 5,189 votes or 83% of the vote.

In all, county election officials had 553 absentee ballots from Clay County voters to process Tuesday night, in addition to 53 affidavit ballots left to process today.

In other contested local races, District 36 state Rep. Karl Gibbs, a West Point Democrat, will serve another term after defeating Independent challenger Jessica Lofton Lewis on Tuesday.

Gibbs, whose district covers parts of Clay and Monroe counties, has served in the state Legislature since 2013 and is vice chair for the House Committee on Youth and Family Affairs.

He defeated Democrat Jimmy Davidson in the August primary to secure a spot on Tuesday’s ballot.

In Clay County, omitting absentee and affidavit ballots, Gibbs finished with 2,868 votes to Lewis’ 926, while pulling in 2,432 votes in Monroe County to Lewis’ 581.

Another contested legislative race saw longtime Republican state Rep. Gary Chism, a Columbus Republican, defeat Libertarian challenger Vicky Rose.

District 37 covers parts of Clay, Lowndes and Oktibbeha counties. Omitting affidavit and absentee ballots in each county, he won each county by the following margins: 173-93 in Clay, 3831-906 votes in Lowndes and 473-110 votes in Oktibbeha.

Chism has served in the state Legislature since 2000 and currently chairs the House Insurance Committee.

All other Clay County races were decided in the primary, with no incumbents unseated.

In Mississippi House District 38, incumbent Democratic state Rep. Cheikh Taylor, a Starkville Democrat who represents parts of Clay, Lowndes and Oktibbeha counties, defeated challenger Lisa Wynn in a party primary rematch in August to secure his first full term in office after winning a special election in 2017.


State Sen. Angela Turner-Ford, a West Point Democrat was also unopposed.

The Daily Times Leader will report updated and certified totals as they come available this week.

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