Don’t let your voice be silent; get out and vote

Published 12:01 am Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Don’t forget to go to the polls today in party primary runoff elections.

Voting is the greatest obligation of citizens of our nation, and it is a right for which generations of Americans have fought and died.

When you go to the polls today remember that if you voted in the Aug. 6 primary, you must stay with the party you voted for in that election.

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If you voted in the Democratic Party primary on Aug. 6, you can only vote in the Democratic Party runoff races or vice versa for the Republican Party runoffs.

If you did not vote in the Aug. 6 primary, however, and you are registered to vote, you can vote in either runoff election today.

Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.

On Republican Party runoff ballots are several important district and statewide races including:

A runoff between Republican gubernatorial candidates Tate Reeves and Bill Waller Jr.

Republicans Melanie Sojourner and Morgan Halford Poore are in a runoff for the District 37 State Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Bob Dearing, D-Natchez. The winner of the runoff will face Democratic candidate William E. Godfrey of Natchez in the Nov. 5 General Election.

Also on Republican ballots is a runoff for Attorney General between Lynn Fitch and Andy Taggart.

Here is a look at Adams County positions that are still up for grabs for the Democratic Party nominations:

For Circuit Clerk, Eva Givens will face “Lady J” M. Johnson. The winner will face independent challengers Charlie Vess and Ricky Warren in the Nov. 5 general election.

For Adams County Prosecuting Attorney, Carmen Brooks Drake will face Lisa Chandler. The winner will take office as no independent or Republicans candidate ran for the office.

District 5 Adams County Supervisor Democratic Challenger Warren Gaines Sr. will face incumbent Democrat Calvin Butler. The winner will face independent challenger Lee Blanton and Republican Cleotha Marsaw in the Nov. 5 general election.

For Northern District Adams County Judge, Democratic Challenger Audrey B. Minor will face Eddie Jones. The winner will take the seat as no independent or Republican challengers ran for the office.

For Constable Northern District, incumbent Democrat Willie B. Jones will face challenger Deselle “Mody” Davis. The winner will take the seat since no independent or Republicans ran for the office.

Voting is our chance to have a voice in electing the people who will represent our interests in public service for their particular offices for the next four years.

Don’t let your voice be silent.

Get out and vote for the candidates you believe will best represent your community’s interests in the various offices over the next four years.

Scott Hawkins is the editor of The Natchez Democrat. Reach him at 601-445-3540 or