Only a seven vote difference separated Stewart and Shackelford but neither received the over 50 percent of the vote required to avoid a runoff.
Unofficial results from the special election held Tuesday, Nov. 7, show Tena Smith Stewart, 101 (39.45 percent); Barbara Shackelford, 94 (36.72 percent); and George William Estell, 61 (23.83 percent).
There were 257 votes cast out of 2,955 registered voters in the first district. This is a voter turnout of 8.70 percent.
The special election was necessary after Chris Lindley resigned as first district election commissioner to seek election as Booneville mayor and won that post.
Tena Smith Stewart has served as first district election commissioner since being appointed by the Prentiss County Board of Supervisors to fill the position until the special election.
Unofficial results were:
Tuscumbia-New Candler: George William Estell, 25; Barbara Shackelford, 4; Tena Smith Stewart, 59.
Thrasher: George William Estell, 5; Barbara Shackelford, 16; Tena Smith Stewart, 32.
Booneville/Ag-Center: George William Estell, 31; Barbara Shackelford, 74; and Tena Smith Stewart, 10.