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Voters across a four-county area will decide Miss. Senateâ€™s District 16 successor during todayâ€™s special election.
Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. Two candidates from West Point, Independent Kenny Fowler and Democrat Angela Turner-Lairy, qualified for the special election after former state Sen. Bennie Turner died in November. He was 64.
A newcomer to the political scene, Fowler has been a fixture in the West Point community since he moved to town in 1969. He is particularly known to the West Point High School Athletics Department and has volunteered his time to help student-athletes and traditional students.
Turner-Lairy, the daughter of Sen. Turner, is an attorney and serves as a prosecutor for West Point and Clay County. She previously told The Daily Times Leader she would step down from her positions if elected.
Miss. Rep. Tyrone Ellis is serving as her campaign manager.
Senate Dist. 16 covers Clay County, as well as portions of Lowndes, Oktibbeha and Noxubee counties.
Oktibbeha County Circuit Clerk Glenn Hamilton said 10,383 registered Oktibbeha County voters fall under District 16. Few voters, he said, voted absentee by the Saturday deadline.
Oktibbeha County voter registration cards will indicate residentsâ€™ senatorial district, but those with questions about the election or those who do not have a voter registration card may call the circuit clerkâ€™s office at 662-323-1356.
All registered voters in the following Oktibbeha County precincts are eligible to vote: North Starkville II at Boardtown Village; Osborn at the fire station on 16th Section Road; Hickory Grove at the Hickory Grove Fire Station; Oktoc at the Oktoc Fire Station; Sessums at the Sessums Fire Station; and Bell Schoolhouse at the Bell Schoolhouse Fire Station.
The following five precincts (voting locations in parentheses) have voters in both the 15th and 16th Senatorial Districts: West Starkville (the National Guard Armory), North Starkville III (the fire station at the corner of Miss. Highway 389 and Garrard Road), South Starkville (Starkville Sportsplex), Central Starkville (courthouse annex) and Gillespie (Gillespie Street Center).