Reflections from the 2011 Elections

November 10, 2011

Columbus, MS, News, Politics, Polls

With the 2011 elections in the book, The Real Story would like to add the following reflections from watching the election results in the Lowndes County Courthouse:

  • No matter how wide the margin of victory, the winner always sweats. Watching the candidates, many of whom had commanding leads, it was still obvious that no one was taking victory for granted.
  • The citizens of Lowndes County are basically satisfied with the status quo. The County, unlike the City of Columbus, is flush with cash and each district with the exception of District 2, with Frank Ferguson’s being defeated in the Supervisor’s primary, seem to believe their Supervisor is doing a satisfactory job.
  • In general, even the newcomers who won their races were not a surprise. County Prosecuting Attorney A. Pritchard Kizer, Sheriff Mike Arledge and Superintendent Of Education Lynn Wright won by large margins.
  • Roger Larsen put up the best fight of the night and lead most of the evening, but in the end, Leroy Brooks walked away with the prize again.
  • Sadly, less than 50% of the registered voters voted Tuesday night.
  • On the State level, it is apparent that Mississippi, who is viewed as a pro-life state, was not ready to accept Proposition 26. The national news seemed surprised, but it was the overwhelming opinion of our readers.
  • And last but not least, the Mississippi Democratic Party is in complete shambles. They were not even able to provide a Lt. Governor Candidate. Whether you like Democrats or not, that fact is a complete embarrassment and a failure of the Democratic Party.
  • Not to let Lowndes County off the hook, but The Real Story did not see or hear of one large democratic political rally in the County. They just took the safe route of taking their candidates to places to meet people who were all ready going to vote for them. Again, whether you are a Democrat or not, this was a complete and utter failure on that Party’s part!

JBS

Marc Miley (Training Officer at Lowndes County Sheriff's Dept), Liza Shannon (Campaign Manager for Mike Arledge and teacher at New Hope Middle School), Patty Arledge (Mike's wife) and Mike Arledge Sheriff Elect) share in the celebration at the Holiday Inn

Marc Miley (Training Officer at Lowndes County Sheriff's Dept), Liza Shannon (Campaign Manager for Mike Arledge and teacher at New Hope Middle School), Patty Arledge (Mike's wife) and Mike Arledge Sheriff-Elect) share in the celebration at the Holiday Inn

Birney Imes follows the story at the Lowndes County Court House

Birney Imes follows the story at the Lowndes County Courthouse

Allison Kizer watching the election results

Allison Kizer watching the election results

Leroy Brooks takes in the numbers

Leroy Brooks takes in the numbers

Heath and Haley Marie Fisackerly~~~Both Big Supporters of Forrest Allgood

Heath and Haley Marie Fisackerly -- Both Big Supporters of Forrest Allgood

Allison, JD, Jack And Drew Kizer

Allison, JD, Jack And Drew Kizer

Mrs. Kizer did send the following words to The Real Story to thank her supporters:

This has been a really long, tiring process. We have been running hard since March 1st. I have heard this said before, but I feel the same way. “I am not a politician, I am a public servant.” However, with that being said, I really did enjoy getting to meet so many people with whom I would otherwise not have come in contact. I feel like I have made many new friends and have gotten to catch up with some old ones. The support I received was overwhelming in so many precincts! I am so grateful for all of the support I received from my friends and family… My husband and children especially!

Looking back, I would not really change any part of the campaign. I guess the only thing I would have liked to have done more of was to knock on more doors. But, I knocked on A LOT and the summer months were so hot! :-) But there was always that “next” road that you couldn’t get to that day, and that I never seemed to get back to at another time. But overall, I am extremely pleased with the campaign, and I am really excited about getting this job. Tim has done a great job as County Prosecutor for so many years, he will be a tough act to follow; however, I am looking forward to the challenge.

APK

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