A total of 17 people have filed their candidacy papers for Coahoma County elected offices, ranging from county supervisor to county sheriff to county constable.
The Clarksdale Mayor of Board and Commissioners passed three resolutions at a special meeting Friday to go before the state legislature that could cause some changes in the electoral process and lead to funding for projects.
Jonestown mayor Kenny Lester recently being arrested and charged with five counts of felony embezzlement leaves many questions to be answered, but one thing is for certain.
Lester, who previously stated he was unaware of any of the accusations prior to being arrested Dec. 9, said he does not plan to step down as mayor.
While Coahoma County leaders are making a full-on press for another four-lane road or an interstate highway, the top official in the state Department of Transportation for this area says the county comes up short when measured against other areas in Mississippi.
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.”