Republican challenger Kevin Wilcher was the big winner in Tuesday’s runoff election, defeating incumbent District 4 Supervisor Allen White by 18 points.

Wilcher garnered 607 votes Tuesday, 130 more than he received in the initial primary three weeks ago.

White, who is president of the board and has served since 2015, increased his support from 366 votes on Aug. 6 to 424 votes on Tuesday.

“I am excited about the voters giving me the ability to go to work for them,” Wilcher told the Democrat Wednesday afternoon.

“We have to find a way to create good, high-paying jobs and alleviate some of the tax burden on the people in this county.”

Wilcher said he plans to spend the time between now and when he is sworn into office recruiting businesses to relocate their businesses or open new locations in Neshoba County.

“If I can get some of those lined up, we should be able to provide them with some incentives and entice them to make that move,” he added. “We have to do something.”

In a Facebook post on Wednesday, he said: “I owe each and everyone of you a big heart felt THANK YOU!” I could not have done this without your help!"

“Over the past few months I have had every emotion you can imagine go through me. With that being said. Well done my friends! Come January You will have a supervisor that will be seated in his chair solely for the people of Neshoba County. Thank You all and God Bless!”

White campaigned on his record of restoring more than 17 miles of paved roads in his district, creating an emergency fund and raising pay for law enforcement officers and other county employees.

Wilcher, who does not have a Democratic opponent in November, ran on his ability to create economic growth for the county.

“We need to think outside the box instead of the box we’ve been in for all these years,” Wilcher told reporters this week. “We need somebody new in there who is willing to push, work and do whatever we have to for Neshoba County.”

In the constable races, it was Josh Burt and Keith McCrory who came out on top.

Burt defeated Mark Flake in the Place 1 race by a final tally of 1,358 votes to Flake’s 1,077. He captured 56 percent of all ballots cast.

McCrory’s win was by a much smaller margin. The final count had him defeating Lane Taylor by just 48 votes - 871 to 823. The race was so close that it could not be called until Wednesday, when all the paper ballots and votes by affidavit could be counted.

Neshoba County picked winners in all three of the other races on Tuesday’s ballot.

Fifty-one percent of voters here went for Tate Reeves over Bill Waller Jr. in the gubernatorial race. Reeves won the nomination with 54 percent of the vote statewide and advanced to November’s general election against Democrat nominee Jim Hood.

Neshoba voters favored Lynn Fitch over Andy Taggart for attorney general 53 percent to 47.

Democrat De’Keither Stamps narrowly defeated Dorothy “Dot” Benford 244 votes to 228 in the race for Public Service Commission - Central District.

Fitch and Stamps both captured their respective nominations Tuesday.