Harrison County sheriff race highlights August 25th runoff

Incumbent Sheriff Melvin Brisolara was pushed to a runoff with Troy Peterson in the August 4th Republican Primary. The two debated on Thursday, August 13th and largely agreed on priorities but dissented about whether their implementation has been adequate and also differed on the future management of the department. The winner of the August 25th runoff will become the Harrison County sheriff as there is no Democrat opponent for the November 3rd general election.

Also in the Harrison County Republican runoff, Ricky Dombrowski and Angel Kibler-Middleton will square off for District 2 County Supervisor, Tonya Wayne Ladner and Darrin Ladner  for District 5 County Supervisor, and James Morgan and Richard H. Quave for District 1 Constable.

The Democrat Primary will only see one runoff in Harrison County; Chris Fisher and Kent Jones will vie for the party’s nod for District 4 County Supervisor.

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10 candidates qualify for Biloxi mayor special election

The field of candidates to replace former mayor A. J. Holloway is set for the April 28th special election:

  1. Victor Ainsworth: ran against Councilman David Fayard for council in 2013
  2. David Bull: owns Bernie’s Restaurant in Biloxi, ran against former mayor A.J. Holloway in the last election
  3. Cono Caranna, II: former district attorney, said he will serve the two-year term without pay
  4. Andrew “FoFo” Gilich: software engineer ran against Holloway for mayor in past elections
  5. Felix Gines: Councilman, serves in the Air National Guard
  6. Kenny Glavan: Councilman, manager of Sheraton Four Points hotel in Biloxi
  7. Pat Morris: assistant to the director at Keesler’s Fisher House, member of former Gov. Haley Barbour’s and Holloway’s commissions after Hurricane Katrina
  8. Dixie Newman: Councilman, rallied public and private support to revitalize Hiller Park
  9. Windy Swetman, III: Harrison County supervisor, organized and opened a senior center in East Biloxi
  10. Paul Tisdale: Councilman, former superintendent of Biloxi School District

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Harrison County Supervisor selected for District 4

John Johnson has been selected to serve as the interim District 4 Supervisor for the remainder of former Supervisor William Martin’s term which ends this year. Johnson is a former Harrison County School Board member.

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2015 Candidates for County Elections

2015 is a big election year for Mississippi as is seen by the numerous positions on the November 4th ballot. Visit the Sun Herald’s County Elections Candidate List to see this year’s candidates in Jackson, Hancock, and Harrison Counties for the following positions:

  • Chancery Clerk
  • Circuit Clerk
  • County Prosecuting Attorney
  • Sheriff
  • Coroner
  • Tax Assessor
  • Tax Collector
  • School Superintendent
  • County Supervisors
  • Constables
  • Justice Court Judges

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Harrison County to replace 2nd supervisor since December

Harrison County District 4 Supervisor William Martin was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at his home on February 25th. Martin had been indicted on bribery and related charges to which his attorney said he planned to plead guilty.

Martin is the second supervisor that will be replaced after Kim Savant resigned his District 2 seat in December 2014 for unrelated federal charges. The other county supervisors, Windy Swetman, Joe Meadows, Marlin Ladner, and Connie Rockco, will appoint a replacement to serve out Martin’s term. A special election is not required since this is an election year.

Four candidates have qualified to run for the District 4 seat in the November election.

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Governor outlines priorities in State of the State address

Below is the Governor’s address. Gov. Bryant’s remarks start at the 8:30 mark.

Gov. Bryant’s agenda focuses on the following:

  • Job Training
  • Tourism
  • Income tax cuts
  • School vouchers for special-needs children
  • Corrections and contracting reforms

The state’s Democratic Response is below:

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Candidates for Jackson County Sheriff

Jackson County appointed interim Sheriff Charles Britt after Mike Byrd was resigned after being charged with felony crimes in December 2013.

A special election will be conducted in November to elect a permanent replacement.  The following have applied for the job (links are to on air interviews on NewsRadio 104.9FM:

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