Election officials were to resume counting Wednesday to determine who will serve as Leflore County’s District 4 supervisor for the next four years.
Democratic challenger Eric Mitchell, in his third attempt to unseat Wayne Self, an independent, was leading in the machine count by 26 votes out of 1,358 cast.
Election officials had begun to count the 161 absentee ballots cast in the race before calling it a night late Tuesday with plans to resume the count at 10 a.m. Wednesday. There are also 21 affidavit ballots to consider.
Mitchell, a 42-year-old Itta Bena business owner and computer technician for the Greenwood Leflore Consolidated School District, had nearly 51% of the vote to 49% for Self, according to the unofficial totals. The owner of a small trucking business, Self has sat on the Board of Supervisors for 20 years and is currently serving as its president.
In the other two contested supervisors’ races, the incumbents had much easier sailing.
District 5 Supervisor Robert Collins took almost 62% of the vote to win a fourth term. He defeated independents Derrick “Chitchy” Chambers and Kelvin “Hollywood” Hilton.
Collins said, “District 5 showed me a lot of love. It ain’t me, it’s District 5. We had a well-organized team that worked with me over the years, and I am just proud of them.”
He also said his opponents “both ran a good clean race, and we never had a cross word during the race.”
The 70-year-old co-owner of a truck repair business said, “We are just glad to get it over with and ready to move forward with District 5 — and try to work with the rest of the supervisors and get things done for the county.”
He said the most pressing issue now is to resolve the problems of the financially troubled Greenwood Leflore Hospital. “The real business of the county is to save the hospital,” Collins said.
But he was expecting to clean up from the campaign Wednesday by collecting his political signs from District 5 roadsides. “I am getting the signs tomorrow, yes Lord,” Collins said Tuesday night.
In District 2, Democrat Reginald Moore will be returning as supervisor after receiving almost 77% of the vote.
Moore, 46, was appointed in December 2018 to fill the seat vacated when his father, Robert Moore, was killed in a one-car accident. Reginald Moore was challenged in Tuesday’s election by independent Lelavie Grayson Sr., the manager of a Family Dollar store and a retired Greenwood firefighter.
Moore, a field manager for U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, said, “This is a historic win for District 2, not for me, because I consider every citizen of District 2 as the supervisor. It pleases me to serve.”
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