There will be a contested election on Tuesday’s ballot for the Levee Board Commission in Washington County.
The election is between Drew Newson and David Cochran, both of Washington County.
While the election will go forward without delays, Cochran missed filing of campaign finance statements last week, according to Washington County Circuit Clerk Barbara Esters-Parker.
There are seven levee commissioners serving on the board, including two from Washington County, two from Bolivar County, one from Issaquena County, one from Sharkey County and one in Humphreys County.
This year, three of those positions are up for election, including one each in Bolivar, Issaquena and Washington counties.
Last month in Bolivar County, Katherine Crump was elected as the commissioner after Frank Brown died in March. Crump ran unopposed and was officially sworn in May 11.
In Issaquena County, Roy Nichols is running unopposed and has served on the board the past 24 years.
Washington County’s commissioner seat is open after Fred Ballard announced he was not seeking re-election for the first time since 1988.
The election will be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 2. All registered voters are asked to vote at their regular voting precincts. The Washington County Courthouse is also open for absentee ballots.
Because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Nimrod said they are working on ways where people can opt to vote from inside their cars if they would rather not go inside or cast an absentee ballot. Those who do go inside will have their temperature checked before entering and all poll workers will be wearing proper safety equipment, such as masks and gloves.
David Cochran Jr.
David Cochran Jr. is a farmer and lifelong resident of Washington County. He is a member of Delta Council and is currently chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Memphis Branch, and Chairman of the Board of Washington County Farm Service Agency.
A Greenville native, Drew Newsom has worked on Capitol Hill for Thad Cochran and Mitch McConnell. He has worked with the Army Corps of Engineers on a local level and in Washington, D.C.