HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - The republican primary for Harrison County Sheriff is headed for a runoff. Voters will go to the polls on Tuesday, August 25 to choose between incumbent Melvin Brisolara and Troy Peterson. The winner in that election will be the next sheriff of Harrison County since there is no other opposition in the general election.
Thursday morning, residents got a chance to hear from both candidates. The Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce, Inc. and Coast Young Professionals hosted a forum for the runoff candidates. The event began at 8am, and was held inside the Fleming Education Center Auditorium at The University of Southern Mississippi, Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach.
Only 198 votes separated the two when voters first went to the polls on August 4, with Peterson earning those extra votes.
You may recall, Brisolara announced his retirement, then changed his mind. His second four-year term ends December 31. Brisolara has 37 years in law enforcement, including 20 years in administrative work and jobs under four sheriffs.
Peterson has 24 years experience, all with the sheriff's office. Peterson was formerly in charge of the Harrison County Narcotics Division and the Coastal Narcotics Enforcement Team. He also served his country with the U.S. Army in Iraq.