Eric Clark was elected Sheriff of Neshoba County on Tuesday night with more than 70 percent fo the vote.

Clark, a Republican who ran on a platform of cutting down on property crime and tackling a growing opioid problem, easily defeated Democrat Ken Edwards, 5,367 votes to 2,171.




The 20-year-plus law enforcement veteran who grew up in the Hope Community carried earned 71 percent of all votes cast.

Clark was forced to resign from his post with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks when he announced his intentions to replace long-time Sheriff Tommy Waddell, who is retiring.

He told the Democrat last week that he’s ready to tackle some of the biggest challenges facing the community as it moves into a new decade.

“There is a lot of concern out there about drugs and property crimes,” Clark said. “People see things going on like abnormal traffic through in the area; people riding around looking to steal their property. There is also a lot of concern about litter.”

In the race for District 5 supervisor, incumbent Democrat Obbie Riley cruised past Republican challenger David Carter with nearly 70 percent of the vote, 1,106 to 487. Riley trailed by six votes, 363-357, after three of the four precincts in the District had been counted, but the Northwest Philadelphia box was the last to come in, and Riley carried that precinct 746 votes to 124.

Voters also re-elected Republican constables Josh Burt and Keith McCrory.

Burt defeated Democratic challenger Lindsey Kidd in a landslide, garnering 72 percent of the vote, and McCrory edged independent candidate Desmond Jones 1,856 votes to 1,439.

Republican Justice Court Judge Jonathan “Earl” Spencer also retained his seat, defeating Independent Alexander Brown.

In the gubernatorial race, Republican Tate Reeves carried Neshoba County, receiving 4,670 votes to Democrat Jim Hood’s 2,597. Reeves captured 63.5 percent of all votes cast in the county.

County election officials say Tuesday’s election went relatively smoothly, other than one snafu at the Northeast Philadelphia precinct.

Due to human error, the polling location ran short on card stock ballots around 9:30 a.m. More had to be printed, but they were delivered around noon. But no voters were turned away, according to officials, who said voters simply voted by paper ballot or by using the machine designed for handicapped citizens.