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The Tunica Times • P.O. Box 308/986 Magnolia Street, Tunica, MS 38676

Supervisors try to eject Pegram from Jan. 14 meeting

Newly elected District 5 supervisor Billy Pegram turned back repeated challenges  and remained at the table during last week’s Board of Supervisors meeting, but the Board continued to recognize former supervisor McKinley Daley as the District 5 representative and to count Daley’s votes.

Board president James Dunn opened the January 14 meeting by saying he had asked Board attorney John Perry to “research and communicate with the Attorney General as it relates to the Supervisor District 5” and to speak to whose votes should be counted and who should be recognized.

Perry reported that he had submitted a request for a formal opinion on the matter to the Attorney General’s office on January 10, attaching a letter detailing “how we ended up to this point right now.” Perry said the AG’s office told him his request was on a 30 day response trajectory but that the AG’s office said they can try to expedite it.

Perry then said it was his opinion that until there is a special election or a decision relating to a special election, the Board should follow procedure as it relates to a hold over member of the Board and recognize Daley.

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Pegram files against Daley, BOS

Attorney for Billy Pegram Jamie Jacks of Cleveland filed two cases in Tunica County Circuit Court on January 7.

On Pegram’s behalf, Jacks filed a Bill of Exceptions against the Tunica County Board of Supervisors challenging the Board’s action on December 28, 2015 to “appoint” McKinley Daley as District 5 supervisor and asking the Court to set aside that action.

Pegram won the general election for District 5 supervisor in November by a vote of 334 to 323 and was bonded and sworn in to the seat late last year, but the county board voted December 28 to seat Daley as a “hold over” supervisor.

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Jones seeks to drop bid for District 5 seat

In response to an emergency motion filed by the attorney for the Democratic Executive Committee, a candidate is now seeking to stop a special election for the Beat 5 Supervisor’s post.

On Dec. 29, Craig Jones filed paperwork with the Circuit Clerk’s office, opposing the DEC’s motion for clarification and stay. The paperwork states that the DEC is seeking “now to use this court to nullify the general election, resulting in the election of the independent candidate to the post of Supervisor for District Five, and have another bite at the apple.”

The letter notes that the DEC’s request would affect the interests of independent candidate William E. Pegram and that Pegram has not been joined in the action, “made a defendant or given any notice or opportunity to be heard.”

Jones also filed a motion on Dec. 29 asking Lackey to rescind his Nov. 2, 2015 order calling for a special election in the race for Beat 5 Supervisor. The motion states that the Governor was directed by the court to set a date for the special election. Correspondence from the governor’s office stated that he did not have the authority to do so.

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