By Russell Hood The Webster Progress-Times
Only five days remain until Tuesday’s general election with the presidential race topping the ballot.
Polls will be open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Nov. 6, and Saturday is the last day an individual can vote an absentee ballot in person. The circuit clerk’s office at the Courthouse in Walthall will be open from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday for absentee voting.
Besides the presidential race between Democratic incumbent Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney, Webster County voters will also vote for a U.S. Senate seat and a U.S. House of Representatives seat.
Republican U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker faces Democrat Albert N. Gore Jr. of Starkville, along with Thomas Cramer (Constitution Party) and Shaw O’Hara (Reform Party). Webster County native Gore, 82, is a retired United Methodist minister and retired chaplain for the U.S. Arm Special Forces.
Republican U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee is challenged by four candidates for the 1st District House seat: Democrat and Oxford attorney Brad Morris, Libertarian Danny Bedwell, Constitution Party member Jim R. Bourland and Reform Party member Chris Potts.
Voters will also decide the District 3 Mississippi Supreme Court justice race between Choctaw County native Josiah Coleman of Toccopola and Richard “Flip” Phillips of Batesville. The winner will succeed Justice George Carlson of Batesville, who has served since 2001 and didn’t seek re-election.
Locally, county election commissioners are also on the ballot. Four of the county’s five districts feature unopposed candidates, while two Republicans — incumbent Daphne McKibben and Larry Parker — will face off for District 5’s position.
Two county School Board elections are on the ballot in two districts: Jimmy Hood and Naioma Lamb in District 3, and incumbent Scott Hollenhead and Cherraye Oats in District 4. Incumbent Etty P. Brown isn’t seeking another term in District 3.