Sheriff’s hopeful wins big in low-turnout runoff

Published 12:00 am Thursday, September 4, 2003

NATCHEZ &045; Two races down for Ronny Brown and now one to go for the Democratic nominee for Adams County Sheriff.

After a runoff victory Tuesday night against Danny Barber, Ronny Brown will face incumbent Republican Tommy Ferrell in the general election in November.

&uot;I’m ready for it,&uot; Brown admitted enthusiastically of the general election. &uot;I feel great,&uot; Brown added after all the boxes were announced over the radio and the tally showed a near 61 percent in his favor.

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&uot;We’ve showed our hand to people. We’re going to keep on,&uot; he said.

Runoff results came in more quickly Tuesday night, with a lower turnout.

&uot;Generally in a runoff, there is not a large turnout,&uot; said Marge Alexander, deputy circuit clerk. &uot;There is usually only a 25 to 30 percent turnout. This time it was 40 percent.&uot;

As the runoff results were announced much faster than the Aug. 5 primary, Brown’s friends, family, co-workers and supporters crowded the Ramada Inn rooms to cheer and only quiet down when a new box was announced.

Brown said his plan now is to continue the same positive, issue-based campaign, although he will take a short break until next Tuesday, when he will begin it all again.

We’ll &uot;organize the people together and get these people together as a community,&uot; Brown said.

Brown said his strategy between the primary and the runoff election was to work harder in Kingston, the only box he lost last time, and the boxes where past candidate Charles Woods garnered many votes.

&uot;It proved out for us,&uot; Brown said.

Woods endorsed Barber earlier in the month but the endorsement did not help Barber pull out the victory Tuesday night.

While Barber was glad to receive the endorsement, he said, but did not feel he reaped its benefits, saying he did not think Woods’ supporters got out and voted.

Barber said he was disappointed with the turnout in his favor Tuesday night.

&uot;I was just as honest and straightforward as I could be,&uot; Barber said of his campaign. &uot;I gave them a choice. They made their choice.&uot;

Barber said he was disappointed with the way the race was run.

&uot;I cannot believe the people of Adams County believed that kind of mudslinging,&uot; Barber said. &uot;I did what was right, and I feel good about my campaign.&uot;

Barber alleged that three letters led to his loss &045; one personal in nature and the other two political in nature.

While Barber said he has no plans for more politics in the immediate future, he said he would not &uot;sit back and let Adams County suffer the consequences of this.&uot;

Southern Constable

In the closest race of the runoffs Tuesday night, Randy Freeman edged out incumbent Jason Wisner in the southern constable’s race by only 103 votes.

&uot;I’m glad that many people had that much confidence in me &045; and I want to thank my family, friends and supporters who helped me,&uot; Freeman said.

Freeman won the race with 51.35 percent of the vote to Wisner’s 48.35 percent.

Wisner could not be reached for comment Tuesday night.

City Editor

Nita McCann

contributed to this report.