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Change rolls on in Tunica County

Late night celebrations broke out Tuesday at the Tunica County courthouse as two candidates captured high-level county posts never occupied by African Americans. Late night celebrations broke out Tuesday at the Tunica County courthouse as two candidates captured high-level county posts never occupied by African Americans.

“It’s been a long time coming, but we’ve have elected officials who actually represent us,” said one reveler. “We won two seats August 2, and now we have another two. Tonight was just icing on the cake. That’s why we’re celebrating.”

Up for grabs Tuesday: County Tax Assessor/Collector, and County Supervisor – District 5. Norma Jean Anderson, an employee in the assessor’s office, beat out Leigh Graves, an appointee who served out the last months of Supervisor Betty Fields’ term. Fields stepped down because of health challenges. Anderson won by more than 400 votes.

The Rev. McKinley Daley beat out incumbent William E. “Billy” Pegram in a closer contest District 5 Supervisor. Daley won by 33 votes. When results were announced late Tuesday night, a jubilant crowd celebrated the victories with the winning candidates.

Election results were officially certified on Wednesday at the Tunica County Courthouse. Graves and Pegram have 20 days to contest election results.

In the Aug. 2 election, two other candidates made history. Louise Linzy became the first African-American woman to win the Southern District Judgeship, and school guidance counselor Rechelle R. Siggers won the race for Chancery Clerk.


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