Easterling, Lee earn Democratic nods

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, August 24, 1999

Lynwood Easterling won the Democratic nod for Adams County District 5 supervisor over James T. West by a hair in Tuesday’s runoffs, while James E. Lee handily won the nomination for coroner over incumbent Hugh Tedder.

Unofficial totals showed Easterling with 1,074 votes, or 51.22 percent, to West’s 1,016 votes, or 48.45 percent, and seven write-in votes.

Easterling faces Republican Christopher Gibson and independents Walton &uot;Walt&uot; Wilson and Eddie Jones in the Nov. 2 election.

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&uot;I&160;enjoyed being in such a close – and clean – race,&uot;&160;Easterling said. &uot;I&160;thank each person who ran and look forward to their input when I&160;become supervisor.&uot;

Lee won the nomination for county coroner with 3,244 votes, or 61.68 percent, to incumbent Hugh Tedder’s 2,009 votes, or 38.2 percent, and six write-in votes.

Lee faces independents David Malatesta and Pat Powers in the final election.

&uot;I’m not at all surprised by that margin … but it’s by no means over,&uot;&160;Lee said. &uot;After two weeks’ rest, I&160;and my supporters will cover the entire county again, asking people for their votes.&uot;

Tedder could not be reached for comment Tuesday night.

As far as the supervisors’ race is concerned, West said he will have to wait until the votes are verified before he will decide whether to contest the election’s results.

&uot;But I&160;don’t know about all that. I’m not a sore loser,&uot;&160;West said. &uot;I do want to congratulate (Easterling) on a hard-fought, exciting race.&uot;

Both Easterling and West thanked supporters and pointed out that creating more jobs for the area should be a top priority for whoever wins the post.

Adams County voters also cast ballots in the race for public service commissioner for Mississippi’s southern district. Michael Callahan won 3,351 votes, or 72.28 percent, versus Henry &uot;Buck&uot; Bucklew’s 1,224 votes, or 26.4 percent.

Tuesday’s elections ran very smoothly, said Thelma Angelethi, chair of Democratic primary elections for Adams County.

But election workers expressed disappointment that there was only a 25 percent voter turnout for the election.