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Races decided for school board, commissioner
by Zack Steen
Nov 09, 2016 | 1600 views | 0 0 comments | 59 59 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Three school board and two election commissioner seats were decided in Tuesday’s General Election.

In the race for Alcorn School District Board of Education, Daniel Cooper, Ann Little and Ricky Fields took the wins. Opposed election commissioner district wins went to Kim Ratliff and Bobby McDaniel.

Each candidate will take office in January.

Cooper took two of the four precincts in the district three school board race and received 747 votes or 44 percent including absentees. Keith R. Stevens was second with 580 votes and interim board member Lamar Walker collected 388 votes for third.

Cooper claimed both the Biggersville and South Corinth box, while Stevens took the Rienzi and split Jacinto boxes.

“I am truly humbled by the response. My heartfelt thanks goes to everyone who encouraged me to run and who voted for me,” Cooper told the Daily Corinthian. “I look forward to the opportunity to serve the children of Alcorn County. I promise I’ll try to make the best decisions to ensure our kids get the best education.”

Cooper, a Biggersville used car dealer, will finish the term of former board member Carroll Morton, who resigned in February.

The district two school board race saw an overwhelming winner.

Little took a commanding early lead collecting wins at all three precincts including the Glen box and split boxes at Central and Jacinto.

She finished with 1,125 votes or 57 percent. Brandon Jones took second place with 539 votes and Pherbia Mynatt finished third with 305 votes.

“I’m very excited,” said Little. “I want to thank everyone who voted for me and thank all the other candidates. They all had the same desire as I did – they want to see the school district be the very best it can.”

The retired school teacher added, “There’s lots of exciting things happening in education these days and I can’t wait to bring some of those to Alcorn County.”

A Glen resident, Little will take over the seat of one term board member Russ Nash.

Fields also won both precincts in the district one school board race.

The Rock Hill resident received 860 votes or 65 percent to April Smith Burns’ 450 votes.

Fields, the general manager at Fastenal, won the Five Points box and the split Central box.

Ratliff took two of the three boxes in the race for district three election commissioner.

The Independent candidate won with 1,597 votes or 61 percent to incumbent Democrat Billy Bearden’s 998 votes.

“I’m so humbled the third district voters would entrust me with this office,” said Ratliff. “It shows the people of this district want change. During this campaign, I have the chance to meet a lot of great people and certainly look forward to working with the district and getting to know them further.”

A code enforcement officer for the City of Corinth, Ratliff took wins at the South Corinth and Biggersville precincts, wile Bearden won the Rienzi box.

This is Ratliff’s first political office position.

McDaniel will start his fifth term as election commissioner for district one next year following a landslide victory over Jones.

Republican McDaniel took the win with 2,196 votes or 74 percent over Democrat Jones with 788 votes.

“Keith is a real nice guy, and I thank him for a clean, fair race,” said McDaniel. “He had a good showing ... maybe he’ll try it again, hopefully after I retire.”

The incumbent added, “A special thanks to all supporters who continue to vote for me.”

McDaniel won all three boxes including Five Points, Wenasoga and North Corinth.
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