Could it be fallout from the ongoing Singing River Health System pension fund debacle? Jackson County voters took to the polls Tuesday and showed their dissatisfaction with county supervisors.
Incumbent candidates John McKay and Mike Mangum are out and Board President Barry Cumbest and Troy Ross are heading to runoff elections. Melton Harris, Jr. was the only supervisor to win his race outright.
"I believe there definitely is a backlash in this," District 4 Supervisor Troy Ross said. "I'm prepared for a runoff."
McKay was defeated by challenger Randy Bosarge. Mangum was bested by Ken Taylor and Michael Whitmore. Those two will face each other in a runoff in two weeks.
McKay was surrounded by family and supporters as he addressed the crowd gathered at his election party at Phoenicia Gourmet Restaurant in Ocean Springs. He told the crowd how much he appreciated their support over the years.
"I was glad to do it," McKay said. "I had a great time. I think I did a good job for the county, did a good job for the city and I'm proud of what I've done."
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