Forrest County Board of Supervisors approves new election commissioner

Updated: Oct. 2, 2017 at 12:21 PM CDT
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FORREST COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - The Forrest County Board of Supervisors has approved a new election commissioner.

The board named Gentry Mordica as the District 1 election commissioner to fill the vacated seat of Tyler Wood.

Wood resigned two weeks ago.

Mordica is a longtime resident of Forrest County and graduated from Hattiesburg High and Southern Miss.

Mordica will not be working at the special election run-off on Tuesday.

"The position is a challenge, because it's a lot of record keeping and from what I understand that has fallen behind just a little bit," said Mordica.
"I look forward to the challenge and hopefully get things straight and work my hardest for the taxpayers of Forrest County."

Although Mordica has no responsibilities in the election of House seat 102, he does plan on going around to the voting precincts to see how things work.

Mordica will be going through the required annual training in January, and hopes to be up to speed soon.

The Board of Supervisors accepted Wood's resignation on Sep. 18, though Wood was not present at the meeting.

Wood, 18, was elected in November 2016 and topped incumbent Charlie Phillips for the District 1 position as Forrest County Election Commissioner.

Wood won with 54 percent of the vote, with a total of 2,659 on a platform focused on passion for public service and making sure the concern of voter fraud was eliminated for the county.

The remaining election commissioners for the county reassured that Wood's resignation would not affect the upcoming District 102 runoff in October.

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