Kelvin Pulley and family

Kelvin Pulley, right, celebrates his win in the race for Leflore County prosecutor Tuesday night at the Leflore County Courthouse. He beat incumbent Richard Oakes. From left are his twin brother, Dr. Kenneth Pulley; their mother, Dr. Margie Pulley; and Kelvin Pulley’s wife, Jessica.

Leflore County Sheriff Ricky Banks was elected to an 11th term.

Kelvin Pulley beat longtime county prosecutor Richard Oakes.

And a three-person race for chancery clerk resulted in victory for Johnny Gary Jr., pastor of Miracle Temple Church of God in Christ in Glendora, over Mary Rice-Roberson and Debra Tate Hibbler.

Gary, the Democratic nominee, took 46% of the vote, according to the unofficial totals from Tuesday’s election. Rice-Roberson finished with 28% and Hibbler 26%.

Johnny Gary Jr.

Johnny Gary Jr. was elected Leflore County chancery clerk Tuesday, defeating Mary Rice-Roberson and Debra Tate Hibbler.

Gary, a 46-year-old former deputy circuit clerk,  was elated by the win. “To God be the glory,” he said. “We are so glad for Leflore County today. It was a hard run, it wasn’t an easy run, but we stayed consistent.”

He continued, “I am thankful, really so glad, and so glad for the people as well.”

His next step will be to prepare himself for the position. “We are serious about it, and we are looking to explore all of the opportunities we can to make the work we do better for everyone.”

Gary will replace Christine Lymon, who did not seek re-election.

Banks, 71, an independent, garnered almost 59% of the vote. He was opposed by Demetrice Bedell, 49, a resource officer for the Greenwood Leflore Consolidated School District with 23 years of law enforcement experience. Bedell had challenged Banks twice before.

Ricky Banks


“I thank the people for having the confidence in me to let me serve four more years,” said a jubilant Banks. “I just love the people, and I am going to help them in any way I can.”

Pulley, who has been practicing law in Greenwood since 2017, said his victory was achieved with the support of his friends and family, including his mother, brother and wife. “All of these people helped me from day one. I tell you, I am ecstatic.”

The 32-year-old Democratic nominee beat Oakes, an independent, 65% to 35%.

“I tip my hat to him,” Pulley said of Oakes. “He is a great attorney in this town. He is a good gentleman, and I have known him most of my life. I definitely wish him well.

“We believe we ran a good clean race; it was all about wanting to help the community,” Pulley said. And now, “the voters have spoken and they spoke loudly.”

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