General election arrives Tuesday


Barring potential runoffs, the 2019 election season draws to a close with Tuesday’s Nov. 5 general election.

The polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

While Tallahatchie County ballots will feature many contested state and state district positions, only a handful of local races remain to be decided.

In the race for sheriff, Democratic nominee Jimmy Fly, 35, will face independent Rodzinski Weekly, 44.

In supervisor’s District 2, incumbent Democrat Johnny Goodwin, 61, faces off with independent candidate Leon Smith, 67. Goodwin is seeking a sixth term on the Tallahatchie County Board of Supervisors.

Democratic nominee and former longtime constable Jimmy N. Manues, 70, has a showdown with independent hopeful Melody Smith, 34.

The most hotly contested statewide races may be those for governor and lieutenant governor.

Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood and Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves are waist-deep in expensive, high-profile, mud-slinging campaigns seeking to succeed term-limited Gov. Phil Bryant, who is in the waning months of his eighth and final year as the state’s chief executive officer. Pollsters predict this will be a very tight race.

Current Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, a Republican, faces District 12 state Rep. Jay Hughes of Oxford, a Democrat, in a race to succeed Tate Reeves as Mississippi’s lieutenant governor.

There are contested statewide campaigns for secretary of state, attorney general, state treasurer, commissioner of agriculture and commerce and commissioner of insurance.

In the race for Northern District transportation commissioner, Republican John Caldwell duels Democrat Joe T. “Joey” Grist.

In state Senate District 13, which serves part of Tallahatchie County, Republican B.C. Hammond squares off against Democrat Sarita M. Simmons.

In state House of Representatives District 10, which includes the Enid and Teasdale precincts, Democrat Bobby E. Dailey, Republican Brady Williamson and independent Josh Hawkins meet.

All other state, state district and local positions are uncontested in the general election.

A few election notes:

» The Tallahatchie County circuit clerk’s offices in Charleston and Sumner will be open from 8 a.m. until noon on Saturday, Nov. 2, for absentee voting.  This is the last day to cast an absentee ballot in person.

» Voters must show a photo ID at the polls. For more information about voter ID, visit

» If a Tallahatchie County registered voter is uncertain about where they are supposed to vote, they may contact the circuit clerk’s office in Charleston at 647-8758 or in Sumner at 375-8515.

» If in any race Tuesday, no candidate receives a majority of the vote, the top two vote-getters will advance to a Nov.  26 general election runoff.