The leaders of the Clarksdale Police Department have put together their wish list and it appears the city’s elected representatives are willing to grant those wishes.
Jonestown mayor Kenny Lester is facing up to 100 years in prison after being arrested by the Coahoma County Sheriff’s Office on Sunday, Dec. 9 for allegedly embezzling residents’ water bill payments and a city police firearm, announced Attorney General Jim Hood on Tuesday, Dec. 11 in a press release.
While much of the nation’s attention was focused on the U.S. Senate race in Mississippi in Tuesday’s runoff election, Coahoma County voters were also deciding who would occupy a seat on a little-known board that is about as far from D.C. as one can get.
The county court judge’s race is a rematch of two candidates who vied for the position four years ago.
Incumbent C. Kent Haney, 71, was appointed to the position by Gov. Phil Bryant on July 1, 2014, to finish the term of retired judge Tommy Allen.
Charlie Webster, 64, is running for his fourth term as circuit court judge.
Webster, a 1972 Clarksdale High School graduate, graduated from Mississippi State University in 1976 and Ole Miss law school in 1979.
“Born and raised here,” Webster said. “Lived here all my life. It is my community.”
Ralph Simpson, who is registered as a Democrat, is also a candidate for the Yazoo-Mississippi Delta Levee Board.
He declined an invitation to take part in an interview for the election preview.