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Mississippi run-off elections to be held Tuesday

Mississippians return to the polls Tuesday

for runoffs that will determine Democratic nominees for one

statewide and one regional office and both major parties' nominees

for several legislative seats.

Polls will be open 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

Turnout is traditionally low for runoffs because there are fewer

races to lure people to the polls. Candidates acknowledge it's a

challenge to motivate people to remember to vote.

"Face it, there are not a lot of people who are going to come

back for a state auditor's race between two guys like us, names

unknown," said Mike Sumrall of Mt. Olive, who faces another

political newcomer, Todd Brand of Bailey, in the Democratic runoff

for state auditor.

Brand has a doctorate in community college leadership and is the

chairman of the Fine Arts and Communication Division at Meridian

Community College. He said if he becomes auditor, he wants to

demand more efficiency from state agencies.

"Unfortunately, the mentality 'close enough for government

work' still applies in some places," Brand said.

Sumrall has 28 years' experience working for state and local

government, including 23 in the state auditor's office. Among other

jobs, he has served as business manager for Pike County schools.

Sumrall said he wants to increase training for the auditor's

staff, and he wants to expand the use of "paperless" audits,

which can be faster and more efficient.

The winner of the Democratic runoff for auditor will face

Republican Stacey Pickering in the Nov. 6 general election. The

auditor's job is open this year because the GOP's Phil Bryant, who

has held the job since 1996, is running for lieutenant governor.

There is one restriction on voting Tuesday. People who cast

ballots in one party's primary on Aug. 7 are not allowed to cross

over and vote in the other party's runoff. However, people who did

not vote Aug. 7 can vote in either party's runoff.

The other runoffs:

- Public service commissioner, central district: Democratic

runoff between Addie Green and Lynn Posey. The winner will face

Republican Charles Barbour, Reform Party candidate Lee Dilworth and

independent Kevin Moses in November. Incumbent Nielson Cochran, a

Republican, did not seek re-election.

- Senate District 2, in all of Benton and Marshall counties and

part of Tippah County: Democratic runoff between Henry Boyd Jr. and

Bill Stone. The winner will face Republican incumbent Ralph Doxey

in November.

- Senate District 4, in all of Alcorn County and parts of Tippah

and Tishomingo counties: Democratic runoff between Kenny Digby and

Eric Powell, Republican runoff between Judy Glenn and James

Moffitt. Incumbent Travis Little, R-Corinth, did not seek

re-election.

- Senate District 10, in all of Panola County and part of Tate

County: Democratic runoff between incumbent Nolan Mettetal and Mona

Pittman. The winner will face Republican Shelly Turner in November.

- Senate District 20, in parts of Madison and Rankin counties:

Republican runoff between Charles Porter and Lee Yancey. The winner

will be unopposed in November. Incumbent Charlie Ross, R-Brandon,

did not seek re-election; he was defeated in the Aug. 7 GOP primary

for lieutenant governor.

- Senate District 36, in all of Claiborne and Jefferson counties

and parts of Copiah and Hinds counties: Democratic runoff between

Albert Butler and Vincent Davis. The winner will be unopposed in

November. Incumbent Lynn Posey, D-Union Church, did not seek

re-election; he is running for public service commissioner.

- House District 19, in parts of Itawamba, Lee and Tishomingo

counties: Democratic runoff between Brandon Cherry and Mark Duvall.

The winner will face Republican Randy Boyd in November. Incumbent

Jamie Franks, D-Mooreville, did not seek re-election; he's running

for lieutenant governor.

- House District 20, in parts of Lowndes and Monroe counties:

Democratic runoff between Robert Mitchell and Jimmy Puckett. The

winner will face Republican Chris Brown in November. Incumbent J.B.

Markham, D-Greenwood Springs, did not seek re-election.

- House District 21, in parts of Itawamba and Monroe counties:

Democratic runoff between Donnie Bell and Michael Sullivan. The

winner will face Republican Paul Walker of Fulton in November.

Incumbent Bill Miles, D-Fulton, did not seek re-election.

- House District 77, in parts of Rankin, Simpson and Smith

counties: Republican runoff between Andy Gipson and incumbent Clint

Rotenberry. The winner will face Democrat Dale Berry and Green

Party candidate Lynn McLean in November.

- House District 84, in parts of Clarke, Jasper, Lauderdale and

Newton counties: Republican runoff between David Campbell and C.D.

Smith. The winner will face Democrat William "Billy" G. Lee and

independent Cecil "Matt" Hemphill in November. Incumbent Eric

Robinson, R-Quitman, did not run this year.

- House District 91, in parts of Copiah, Covington, Jefferson

Davis, Lawrence and Simpson counties: Democratic runoff between Bob

Evans and incumbent Joey Hudson. The winner will be unopposed in

November.

- House District 99, in parts of Lamar, Marion, Pike and

Walthall counties: Democratic runoff between Winston Fortenberry

and Ryan Bruhl. The winner will face Republican Bill Pigott in

November.

- House District 104, in parts of Forrest and Lamar counties.

Republican runoff between Larry Byrd and Chad King. The winner will

be unopposed in November. Incumbent Mike Lott, R-Petal, did not

seek re-election.

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