District 4 Supervisor-elect Kevin Wilcher is staying on message about attracting better-paying jobs a week after defeating incumbent Allen White by 18 points.

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

“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,” he said.

Wilcher said he is ready to hit the ground running on day one.

He plans to spend the time between now and his swearing-in recruiting businesses to relocate 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.”

The lack of industrial growth is a major concern. “We need to think outside the box instead of the box we’ve been in for all these years,” Wilcher said. “We need somebody new in there who is willing to push, work and do whatever we have to for Neshoba County.”

He garnered 607 votes last Tuesday or 130 more than he received in the first primary a month ago. White, who had served since 2015, increased his support from 366 votes on Aug. 6 to 424 votes Tuesday, but it wasn’t enough.

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.

In the constable races, it was Josh Burt and Keith McCrory who came out on top. Both face independents in November.

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 the next day when all the affidavit ballots could be counted.

The final tally for total votes in last week’s runoffs was 5,155, marking a little more than a 10 percent drop-off from the 5,827 who voted in the Aug. 6 primary.

Neshoba County picked winners in all three of the statewide races on last 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 Jim Hood.

Neshoba voters favored Lynn Fitch over Andy Taggart for attorney general 53 percent to 47 and Democrat De’Keither Stamps narrowly defeated Dorothy “Dot” Benford 244 votes to 228 here in the race for Central District Public Service Commission.

Fitch and Stamps both captured their respective nominations Tuesday. Fitch will face Democrat Jennifer Riley Collins in November’s general election. Stamps will face Republican Brent Bailey.



Locally, the stage is set for November’s general election.

The biggest prize left to win outright is the Sheriff’s seat. The race to replace retiring sheriff Tommy Waddell is down to three candidates: Democratic nominee Ken Edwards, Republican nominee Eric Clark and independent candidate Jeff Crapps.

After winning his race for Constable for Place 1, Republican Josh Burt will face independent Lindsey Kidd in the general election. 

Likewise, Republican nominee Keith McCrory faces independent Desmond Jones in the race for Constable for Place 2.

All of the other local races were decided by primaries.

Supervisors Keith Lillis (District 1), Kevin Cumberland (District 2), Kinsey Smith (District 3) and Obbie Riley (District 5) all won their respective party’s nominations with the initial primary vote on Aug. 6 and face no opposition in the general election.

In other statewide races in November, Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann is the heavy favorite to replace Reeves as Lieutenant Governor, but must get past Democrat challenger Jay Hughes.

Republican State Rep. Michael Watson will face former Hattiesburg mayor and Democratic candidate for governor Johnny Dupree in the race for Secretary of State.

The race for State Treasurer is down to Democrat Addie Green Lee and Republican David McRae. 

Republican State Auditor Shad White does not have a challenger in the general election.

The only other race yet to be decided that involves Neshoba County is the race for Central District Transportation Commissioner, which pits Democrat Willie Simmons against Republican Butch Lee.