HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Forrest County officials have finished counting the write-in ballots for chancery judge District 10 Place 1 formerly held by the late James H.C. Thomas.
Thomas received the majority of the votes in the election, which means Gov. Haley Barbour will appoint a person to fill the position.
According to tabulations, Thomas won Forrest county with 7,200 votes. Here is a breakdown of the other candidates:
- Michael Barefield - 244
- Leigh Berry - 32
- Carol Ann Bustin - 331
- Ronald Doleac - 1,706
- Deborah Gambrell - 3,607
- Alexander Ignatiev - 65
- Maura McLaughlin - 87
- Chad Shook - 177
- Shelia Smallwood - 1,673
- Nance Fitzpatrick Stokes - 14
- James H.C. Thomas - 7,200
Again, these totals just include Forrest County. In all five contested counties, Thomas received over 28,000 votes to 20,475 for all write-in candidates.