Covington County sheriff, chancery clerk, supervisors and other races up for grabs (CORRECTED)

Covington County will have the choice of five candidates to replace Sheriff Stann Q. Smith, with three Democrats and two Republicans tangling in the Tuesday, Aug. 6, Primary Election.

The Primary Runoff will be held Aug. 27, followed by the General Election on Nov. 5. Polls are open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

Competing in the Covington County sheriff’s race as Democrats are Leno Holmes, Johnathon L. Anderson, and Roger Wood Speed. In the Republican Primary will be Darrell “Perk” Perkins and Billy Pitts. The primary winners face off in the General Election.

While District 2 Supervisor John Holifield is unopposed, the other four Covington County supervisors face stiff competition to remain in office.

In the District 1 Supervisor race, Republican John Sterling Craft takes on Charles Creel in the Primary Election. The winner goes against Democrat Randall Evans in the General Election. District 3 Supervisor Jimmy White, the independent incumbent, will meet Republican Jay Johnson and Democrat Sylvester Cooley Jr. in the General Election.


The race for District 4 Supervisor is open after Guy Easterling decided to run for chancery clerk. The candidates hoping to fill the position are independent William Toxie Allen, independent John David Hall, independent Dwight Easterling, Republican Paul Little and Democrat Fenton Pope. All five candidates move on to the General Election.

Arthur Keys, a Democrat, is the District 5 Supervisor and faces opposition from four other candidates. In the Democratic Primary, he goes against James Keys and Donnie R. Barnes, while independent Christopher D. “Chris” Graves and Republican Joseph G. Warren advance to the General Election.

Covington County will also have a new face replacing Chancery Clerk Joseph Warren, Candidates for the post are current District 4 Supervisor Guy Easterling – an independent – and Republicans Robert T. “Bobby” Faler and Debra Sadowski, who meet in the primary.

The face of the Mississippi’s leadership will change in 2020 after this year’s election brings a new lineup of state officials to the Capitol. Gov. Phil Bryant completes his second term in the Governor’s Mansion and several candidates are hoping to step into his shoes, starting with the Primary Election Aug. 6.

Five candidates have qualified as gubernatorial candidates, including eight Democrats and three Republicans.

Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves leads the list of Republican candidates for the state’s highest office, followed by retired State Supreme Court Chief Justice William Waller Jr. and state Sen. Robert Foster. Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood, the only Democrat elected to statewide office, is being challenged in the Primary Election for governor by Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith, William Bond Compton Jr., Robert J. Ray, Gregory Wash, Velesha P. Williams, and Albert Wilson for the nod in the Democratic Primary.

In the race for lieutenant governor, Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann and Shane Quick are the Republican candidates for the position, while state Rep. J.P. Hughes Jr. will be running for the office as a Democrat.