Jackson County incumbents fare much better in the runoffs

Jackson County incumbents fare much better in the runoffs

PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - In early August, two Jackson County supervisors lost their bids for re-election. And two other board members got pushed into a runoff. The struggles in the primary focused on Singing River Health System and its failing pension plan.

The incumbents fared much better Tuesday night.

Troy Ross won the District 4 runoff. He beat former supervisor Tommy Brodnax, receiving 54% of the vote. After his runoff victory, Ross said solving the pension plan issue before the end of the year is crucial. "Hopefully it will be resolved in that period of time.  But that's going to be the critical part in Jackson County. We've got to put the pieces together. We've got to fix this for the retirees."

Ross faces democrat Sean Alawine and independent David Venus in the November general election.

Barry Cumbest has no opposition in November. His Tuesday night victory means Cumbest will return to the Jackson County Board of Supervisors. He got 54% of the vote and beat Sabrina Smith.

In the third supervisors' runoff Tuesday night, Ken Taylor beat Michael Whitmore. Taylor will be the District 3 supervisor because he has no opposition in November. Taylor, Melton Harris and Barry Cumbest are three-fifths of next year's board. November elections in District 4 and District 5 will determine the remainder of the board.

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