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By CARL SMITH
Eight-term incumbent Oktibbeha County Sheriff Dolph Bryan was defeated Tuesday by Steve C. Gladney in the Democratic runoff for sheriff.
Gladneyâ€™s unofficial vote tally after absentee ballots were counted â€” 2,753 or 54 percent of the vote â€” was enough to defeat Bryan, who has served as sheriff since 1976.
Gladney will face Republican Rudy Johnson for the countyâ€™s top law enforcement position in November. Johnson was unopposed for his partyâ€™s nomination.
The race for District 5 supervisor was the tightest contest of the night. Once all precincts reported, Joe L. Williams led Incumbent John L. Young 583 to 547. After over 200 Democratic absentee ballots were counted, Williams finished ahead by 50 votes.
In other unofficial local runoff results, Teresa Davis-Roberson defeated Debra Prisock Wood by over 500 votes for the Democratic county circuit clerk nomination. Davis-Roberson will face Republican Glenn Hamilton in November, and the winner will replace outgoing Circuit Clerk Angie McGinnis. Hamilton is running without any GOP opposition.
Lisa Wynn secured the Democratic nomination for county tax assessor, defeating Debbie Carrithers by over 200 votes. Wynn will face Allen Morgan in the general election. Morgan ran unopposed for the GOP nomination.
In statewide races, Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree secured the Democratic nomination for governor, defeating Clarksdale developer and attorney Bill Luckett. DuPree won a little over 54 percent of the Oktibbeha County vote Tuesday. He will face GOP candidate and current Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant.
Independent Will Oatis is also running for governor, and the state Reform Party is still seeking to place one of its candidates on the November ballot.
Also, Lynn Fitch was declared the GOP nominee for state treasurer with 53 percent of the state vote after 88 percent of precincts reporting at time of press. In Oktibbeha County, Fitch had 590 votes while her opponent, Lee Yancey, received 532. Fitch will face Ocean Springs Mayor and Democrat Connie Moran in the November general election.
After polls had closed, McGinnis said voting turnout for the runoff was at 26 percent of the population. Two voting machines, she said, malfunctioned during the day due to heat.
At time of press no serious voting irregularities had been reported.