Familiar faces will be elected to Adams County Board of Supervisors

Published 12:59 am Wednesday, August 5, 2015

NATCHEZ — No matter who wins the Aug. 25 runoff in District 5, everyone who is sworn in on the Adams County Board of Supervisors next year will be a familiar face to local government.

Of the four seats on the board of supervisors up for election — District 2’s David Carter is unopposed — only one race went to a runoff Tuesday.

Incumbents Mike Lazarus and Angela Hutchins were re-elected to their positions, and Natchez Alderman Rickey Gray was tapped to fill the seat President Darryl Grennell is vacating.

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Former District 5 Supervisor S.E. “Spanky” Felter, who voters ousted in 2012 in favor of current Supervisor Calvin Butler, took the most votes in the District 5 race with a total of 811, or 41.9 percent. Butler followed with 620 votes, or 32.1 percent.

The third top vote-getting candidate in the race, James Berry, took 330 votes — or 71.1 percent — while the fourth, Brenda Robinson, received 173 votes, or 8.9 percent.

Felter said he looked forward to the coming runoff.

“I am ready,” he said. “I am ready to go back to work, to start blacktopping roads. It is going to be a lot of catching up, but I can do it.”

Butler could not be reached for comment.

In District 4, Gray received 1,009 votes, a resounding 69.9 percent. Ray Brown took 25.3 percent of the vote with 385 ballots, while Rita Bernard Brooks’ 69 votes made up 4.8 percent of the total.

“I want to thank God, first off, because without Him none of this would be possible,” Gray said. “I want to thank my family and friends, and the people of District 4 for believing in me, and I want to thank my opponents for a clean race.”

Gray said he plans to do everything he can to work with Grennell to ensure his transition from city to county government is a smooth one.

“I think with my knowledge and experience with city government, I can have a clean, smooth transition,” he said. “I look forward to working with the other supervisors.”

In District 1, Lazarus received 56.6 percent of the vote, or 1,048 ballots. His challenger, Wes Middleton, received 802 votes, or 43.4 percent of the total vote.

Lazarus, who was elected to his third term on the board, said he wanted to thank Middleton for a competitive, but clean race.

“I appreciate the voters for coming out, it was a compliment to me,” he said. “We (on the board) are going to do the best we can to keep moving Adams County forward, and I am going to keep working hard and make (the voters) proud of me.”

In District 3, Hutchins had 1,003 votes, or 72.9 percent of the vote. Her challenger, Wilbert Whittley, received 373 votes, or 27.1 percent.

Hutchins could not be reached for comment Tuesday evening.