NOV. 3 ELECTION GUIDE: Who’s on the ballot in Mid-South races

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Polls open Tuesday at 7 a.m. in Tennessee and Mississippi, 7:30 a.m. in Arkansas. (Some Tennessee counties open polls later. See a list here.)

Here’s a look at what you’ll find on your ballot.

U.S. SENATE

There are three U.S. Senate seats on Tuesday’s ballot in the Mid-South.

TENNESSEE

Republican Bill Hagerty, Democrat Marquita Bradshaw and nine independent candidates are running to replace retiring Sen. Lamar Alexander.

Hagerty, 61, is the former U.S. Ambassador to Japan – having served from 2017-2019 under President Trump. He previously served as Tennessee’s Commissioner of Economic and Community Development under Gov. Bill Haslam. Hagerty was also was an economic advisor to President George H.W. Bush.

Bradshaw, 46, is a Memphis native who is a community activist and serves as the environmental justice chair of the Sierra Club’s Tennessee chapter. She is the niece of State Representative John DeBerry. Bradshaw is the first African American woman to win a major party nomination for statewide office in Tennessee.

MISSISSIPPI

Incumbent Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith is facing a challenge from her 2018 opponent, Democrat Mike Espy and Libertarian candidate Jimmy Edwards.

Hyde-Smith, 61, was appointed to the U.S. Senate in 2018 after the retirement of Sen. Thad Cochran. She later won a special election to fill out the remainder of Cochran’s term – becoming the first woman to be elected to Congress from Mississippi. Hyde-Smith was previously Mississippi’s Commissioner of Agriculture of Commerce and served 12 years in the Mississippi Senate. She was a Democrat until switching to the GOP in 2010.

Espy, 66, served as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture during President Bill Clinton’s first term. Before that, he represented Mississippi’s 2nd Congressional District from 1987-1993. He was the first African American to represent Mississippi in Congress since Reconstruction. After leaving the Clinton administration, Espy worked as a lawyer – including a stint with Morgan and Morgan.

ARKANSAS

Incumbent Republican Tom Cotton is heavily favored to win – since he has no Democratic challenger and his only competition is Libertarian candidate Ricky Harrington.

Cotton, 43, is an Army veteran, who was first elected to the U.S. Senate back in 2014. Before that, he served one term in Congress representing Arkansas’s 4th District. During Cotton’s tenure in the Army, he served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Harrington is a Christian missionary and prison chaplain.

U.S. HOUSE

There are five contested U.S. House seats on Tuesday’s ballot in the Mid-South.

TENNESSEE – DISTRICT 7

In District 7, incumbent Republican Mark Green is facing Democrat Kiran Sreepada and two independents in his quest for a second term in Congress.

Green, 55, was elected to represent District 7 back in 2018 – replacing Marsha Blackburn. Green previously served in the Tennessee State Senate, representing the Clarksville area. He is a physician and a retired U.S. Army major.

Sreepada, 39, is a former civil servant at the Government Accountability Office. He’s also a former business owner.

TENNESSEE – DISTRICT 8

In District 8, incumbent Republican David Kustoff is facing Democrat Erika Stotts-Pearson and two independents as he seeks a third term in Congress.

Kustoff, 54, was first elected to represent District 8 back in 2016. Before that, he served as the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee from 2006 to 2008. In between his stints in Congress and the DOJ, Kustoff worked as an attorney.

Stotts-Pearson is an educator and the co-founder of the Memphis Academy of Health Sciences. She previously ran against Kustoff in 2018.

TENNESSEE – DISTRICT 9

In District 9, longtime incumbent Democrat Steve Cohen is facing perennial GOP candidate Charlotte Bergmann and two independent candidates in his bid for an 8th term in Congress.

Cohen, 71, has been serving District 9 since he was elected in 2006. Before that, Cohen served 23 years in the Tennessee Senate. He was also on the Shelby County Commission in the late 1970’s. Cohen was the first person of the Jewish faith to be elected to represent Tennessee in Congress.

Bergmann, 50, has challenged Cohen for the District 9 seat twice before – in 2014 and 2018. Her career experience includes working as a small business owner.

MISSISSIPPI – DISTRICT 1

In District 1, incumbent Republican Trent Kelly is facing Democrat Antonia Eliason in his bid for a fourth term in Congress.

Kelly, 54, was first elected to represent District 1 in a special election in 2015 – following the death of Congressman Alan Nunnelee. Before being elected to Congress, he served as a district attorney in the Tupelo area from 2012 to 2015. Before that, Kelly served as the city prosecutor for the City of Tupelo from 1999 to 2011.

Eliason, 40, is a law professor at the University of Mississippi

MISSISSIPPI – DISTRICT 2

In District 2, longtime incumbent Democrat Bennie Thompson is facing a challenge from Republican Brian Flowers.

Thompson, 72, has served as District 2’s congressman since 1993 – when he won a special election to replace Mike Espy. He is seeking his 15th term in office. Before serving in Congress, Thompson was the mayor of Bolton, MS and served on the Hinds County Board of Supervisors.

Flowers, 41, is a Navy veteran who currently works at the Grand Gulf Nuclear Station.

ARKANSAS – DISTRICT 1

In District 1, incumbent Republican Rick Crawford is running unopposed. When he first won the seat in 2010, Crawford was the first Republican to serve the district since Reconstruction.

BALLOT ISSUES

There are three initiatives on the ballot in Arkansas and Mississippi on Tuesday.

MISSISSIPPI MEASURE 1 – MEDICAL MARIJUANA A two-part initiative to decide whether to approve a constitutional amendment legalizing medical marijuana. Initially, voters will choose to vote for either or neither measure – then they’ll choose which measure – Initiative 65 or Alternative 65A – that they prefer.

MEASURE 2 – STATEWIDE ELECTIONS If approved by voters, this would remove the requirement that a candidate for governor or state office receive the highest number of votes in a majority of the state’s 122 House districts and provides that if a candidate does not receive a majority vote of the people, they will proceed to a runoff election.

MEASURE 3 – STATE FLAG DESIGN Asks voters to approve or reject a new state flag design created by the Commission to Redesign the Mississippi State Flag and which may not include the Confederate Battle Flag and that must include the words “In God We Trust”

ARKANSAS ISSUE 1 – HIGHWAY FUNDING If approved by voters, it will continue a statewide 0.5% sales tax for transportation.

ISSUE 2 – TERM LIMITS Changes term limits to twelve consecutive years for state legislators with the opportunity to return after a four-year break.

ISSUE 3 – BALLOT ISSUES Changes the process and legislative referral requirements to get ballot measures on the statewide ballot.

TENNESSEE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

SENATE DISTRICT 26 – FAYETTE, HARDEMAN, HAYWOOD AND McNAIRY COUNTIES In District 26, Republican Page Walley and Democrat Civil Miller-Watkins are vying to replace longtime State Senator Delores Gresham – who is retiring. Walley, a licensed clinical psychologist, currently serves as vice-mayor in the City of Bolivar. He previously served in the Tennessee House from 1990 to 2000. Miller-Watkins is currently serving as a school board member for Fayette County Public Schools.

SENATE DISTRICT 32 – TIPTON COUNTY and parts of SHELBY COUNTY In District 32, incumbent Republican Paul Rose is facing a challenge from Democrat Julie Byrd Ashworth. Rose won a special election in 2019 to replace Mark Norris as District 32’s senator. Before being elected, he was a businessman. Byrd Ashworth is a trial attorney and a graduate of the University of Memphis.

HOUSE DISTRICT 82 – HAYWOOD & LAUDERDALE COUNTIES In District 82, incumbent Republican Chris Hurt is facing Democrat Andrea Bond-Johnson – in a rematch of the 2018 election. Hurt, a real estate broker, is seeking his second term in office. Bond-Johnson is the CEO of an insurance agency in Haywood County.

HOUSE DISTRICT 83 – GERMANTOWN, EAST MEMPHIS In District 83, incumbent Republican Mark White is facing Democrat Jerri Green. White was first elected to the seat in 2010 and previously served as the principal at Harding Academy. Green has experience as an attorney, educator and community advocate.

HOUSE DISTRICT 86 – SOUTHWEST MEMPHIS, MUD ISLAND, SHELBY FOREST In District 83, longtime Democratic Rep. Barbara Cooper faces a challenge from Republican Rob White. Cooper was first elected in 1996. White is a former reserve Shelby County deputy and has served on the Shelby County Executive Committee of the Tennessee Republican Party.

HOUSE DISTRICT 90 – PARTS OF FRAYSER, NORTH MEMPHIS, MIDTOWN, SOUTH MEMPHIS In District 90, longtime Rep. John DeBerry is facing a challenge from Democrat Torrey Harris. DeBerry has served District 90 since 1994 but was thrown off the ballot by the Democratic Party. He’s running as an independent. Harris ran against DeBerry in the Democratic primary in 2018. He’s a community advocate and would be the first openly LGBT member of the Tennessee General Assembly if elected.

HOUSE DISTRICT 95 – COLLIERVILLE AND FISHERVILLE In District 95, incumbent Republican Kevin Vaughan is facing Democrat Lynnette Williams. Vaughan was first elected in 2017. He’s a licensed professional engineer and real estate agent. Williams was a candidate for Memphis City Council in 2019 and previously ran for legislature in Dist. 85.

HOUSE DISTRICT 96 – CORDOVA In District 96, incumbent Democrat Dwayne Thompson is being challenged by Republican Patricia Possel. Thompson, a retired human resources professional, was first elected in 2016. He’s a 1973 graduate of the University of Memphis Possel, a professional photographer, educator and tutor, ran in the GOP primary for the Dist. 96 seat in 2018 – but lost.

HOUSE DISTRICT 97 – Parts of EAST MEMPHIS, BARTLETT, WOLFCHASE In District 97, Republican John Gillespie and Democrat Gabby Salinas are vying for the seat being vacated by longtime Republican Rep. Jim Coley – who’s retiring after 14 years in office. Gillespie is the grant coordinator at Trezevant Episcopal Home. He previously worked in the banking industry and was an assistant campaign manager for former Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell in 2010. Salinas is a former researcher at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. She was a patient at the hospital as a child and previously ran for Tennessee Senate in District 32 in 2018.

UNOPPOSED CANDIDATES SENATE DISTRICT 30 – Sen. Sara Kyle (D) HOUSE DISTRICT 77 – Rep. Rusty Grills (R) HOUSE DISTRICT 80 – Rep. Johnny Shaw (D) HOUSE DISTRICT 81 – Rep. Debra Moody (R) HOUSE DISTRICT 84 – Rep. Joe Towns (D) HOUSE DISTRICT 85 – Rep. Jesse Chism (D) HOUSE DISTRICT 87 – Rep. Karen Camper (D) HOUSE DISTRICT 88 – Rep. Larry Miller (D) HOUSE DISTRICT 91 – Rep. London Lamar (D) HOUSE DISTRICT 93 – Rep. G.A. Hardaway (D) HOUSE DISTRICT 94 – Rep. Ron Gant (R) HOUSE DISTRICT 98 – Rep. Antonio Parkinson (D) HOUSE DISTRICT 99 – Rep. Tom Leatherwood (R)

MISSISSIPPI SUPREME COURT

DISTRICT 3 – NORTH MISSISSIPPI Supreme Court Justice Josiah Coleman is running for a second 8-year term on the Mississippi Supreme Court. He was first elected in 2012 and previously practiced law in Tupelo and Oxford. He is being challenged by longtime Chancery Court Judge Percy Lynchard of Hernando.

ARKANSAS STATE LEGISLATURE

HOUSE DISTRICT 12 – PHILLIPS COUNTY In District 12, Republican David Tollett and Democrat Jimmie Wilson are vying for the seat vacated by Democratic Rep. Chris Richey earlier in 2020. Tollett has sued to disqualify Wilson from running in the election – due to past criminal convictions. So far, the Arkansas Supreme Court has failed to act on the lawsuit – but a lower court ruled that Wilson was ineligible to run under the Arkansas Constitution. If Tollett is seated, he’ll be the first Republican to serve the district since Reconstruction.

HOUSE DISTRICT 49 – ST. FRANCIS & CROSS COUNTIES In District 49, incumbent Republican Steve Hollowell is facing a challenge from Democrat Justin Reeves. Hollowell was first elected in 2016. He previously served as a city councilman in Forrest City. Reeves is currently serving on the city council in Forrest City.

HOUSE DISTRICT 55 – CRITTENDEN & MISSISSIPPI COUNTIES In District 55, incumbent Democrat Monte Hodges is facing Republican Gary Tobar. Hodges was first elected in 2012. He previously served on the Blytheville City Council. Tobar is the minister at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church in Turrell. He previously ran against Hodges for the seat in 2018.

UNOPPOSED CANDIDATES SENATE DISTRICT 22 – Sen. David Wallace (R) SENATE DISTRICT 23 – Sen. Ronald Caldwell (R) SENATE DISTRICT 25 – Sen. Stephanie Flowers (D) HOUSE DISTRICT 48 – Rep. Reginald Murdock (D) HOUSE DISTRICT 50 – Rep. Milton Nicks (D) HOUSE DISTRICT 51 – Rep. Deborah Ferguson (D) HOUSE DISTRICT 52 – Rep. Dwight Tosh (R) HOUSE DISTRICT 54 – Rep. Johnny Rye (R)

Links to campaign websites or social media accounts for candidates for U.S., Tennessee and Shelby County municipal races are below. For federal and state races, a link to the campaign’s website or Facebook page is included.
(I) denotes incumbent

PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT

REPUBLICAN
Donald J. Trump and Michael R. Pence (I)

DEMOCRAT
Joseph R. Biden and Kamala D. Harris

INDEPENDENT
Don Blankenship and William Mohr
Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente and Darcy Richardson
Howie Hawkins and Angela Walker
Jo Jorgensen and Jeremy “Spike” Cohen
Alyson Kennedy and Malcolm Jarrett
Gloria La Riva and Sunil Freeman
Kanye West and Michelle Tidball

UNITED STATES SENATE (TN)

REPUBLICAN
Bill Hagerty

DEMOCRAT
Marquita Bradshaw

INDEPENDENT
Yomi “Fapas” Faparusi Sr.
Jeffrey Alan Grunau
Ronnie Henley
G. Dean Hill
Steven J. Hooper
Aaron James
Elizabeth McLeod
Kacey Morgan
Eric William Stansberry

U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, DISTRICT 8 (TN)

REPUBLICAN
David Kustoff (I)

DEMOCRAT
Erika Stotts Pearson

INDEPENDENT
Jon Dillard
James Hart

U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, DISTRICT 9 (TN)

REPUBLICAN
Charlotte Bergmann

DEMOCRAT
Steve Cohen (I)

INDEPENDENT
Dennis Clark
Bobby Lyons

TENNESSEE SENATE, DISTRICT 30

DEMOCRAT
Sara P. Kyle (I)

TENNESSEE SENATE, DISTRICT 32

REPUBLICAN
Paul W. Rose (I)

DEMOCRAT
Julie Byrd Ashworth

TENNESSEE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, DISTRICT 83

REPUBLICAN
Mark White (I)

DEMOCRAT
Jerri Green

TENNESSEE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, DISTRICT 84

DEMOCRAT
Joe Towns Jr. (I)

TENNESSEE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, DISTRICT 85

DEMOCRAT
Jesse Chism (I)

TENNESSEE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, DISTRICT 86

REPUBLICAN
Rob White

DEMOCRAT
Barbara Cooper (I)

TENNESSEE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, DISTRICT 87

DEMOCRAT
Karen Camper (I)

TENNESSEE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, DISTRICT 88

DEMOCRAT
Larry Miller (I)

TENNESSEE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, DISTRICT 90

DEMOCRAT
Torrey Harris

INDEPENDENT
John J. Deberry Jr. (I)

TENNESSEE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, DISTRICT 91

DEMOCRAT
London Lamar (I)

TENNESSEE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, DISTRICT 93

DEMOCRAT
G.A. Hardaway (I)

TENNESSEE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, DISTRICT 95

REPUBLICAN
William Kevin Vaughan (I)

DEMOCRAT
Lynette P. Williams

TENNESSEE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, DISTRICT 96

REPUBLICAN
Patricia “Patti” Possel

DEMOCRAT
Dwayne Thompson (I)

TENNESSEE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, DISTRICT 97

REPUBLICAN
John Gillespie

DEMOCRAT
Gabby Salinas

TENNESSEE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, DISTRICT 98

DEMOCRAT
Antonio Parkinson (I)

TENNESSEE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, DISTRICT 99

REPUBLICAN
Tom Leatherwood (I)

MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS (SHELBY COUNTY)

CITY OF BARTLETT

Alderman
Bobby Simmons (Position 4)
Jack T. Young (Position 5)
Kevin Quinn (Position 6)
Paula Sedgwick (Position 6)

School Board
Brad Ratliff (Position 1)
Portia Tate (Position 1)
Shirley K. Jackson (Position 3)
David Cook (Position 5)

CITY OF GERMANTOWN

Alderman
Sherrie Hicks (Position 3)
Terri Johnson (Position 3)
John Paul Miles (Position 4)
Roderick Motley (Position 4)
Brian Ueleke (Position 4)
Jon McCreery (Position 5)
Brandon Musso (Position 5)

School Board
Ryan Strain (Position 1)
Brian Curry (Position 3)
Scott Williams (Position 3)
Amy S. Eoff (Position 5)

CITY OF LAKELAND

Commissioner (vote for 2)
Jim Atkinson
Scott Carmichael
Wesley Alan Wright

School Board (vote for 2)
Jeremy Clayton Burnett
Michelle Childs

CITY OF MILLINGTON

Mayor
Terry Jones

Alderman
Thomas McGhee Sr. (Position 5)
Don Lowry (Position 6)
Mike Caruthers (Position 7)
Tom Stephens (Position 7)

School Board
Marlon Evans (Position 1)
Greg Ritter (Position 1)
Mark Coulter (Position 3)
Deanna Speight (Position 3)
Barbara Halliburton (Position 5)
Chris Denson (Position 7)

TOWN OF COLLIERVILLE

Mayor
Stan Joyner

Alderman
Harold Curtis Booker (Position 3)
Thomas J. Swan (Position 3)
John Worley (Position 3)
William Boone (Position 4)
William Connor Lambert (Position 4)
Missy Marshall (Position 4)
Rick Rout (Position 4)
Scott Rozanski (Position 4)
Robert Smith (Position 4)
Gregory Frazier (Position 5)
John E. Stamps (Position 5)

School Board
Wanda Gibbs (Position 1)
Madan Birla (Position 3)
Paul Childers (Position 3)
Rachelle Maier (Position 3)
Kristina Kelly White (Position 3)
Wright Cox (Position 5)

UNITED STATES SENATE (MS)

DEMOCRAT
Mike Espy

REPUBLICAN
Cindy Hyde-Smith (I)

LIBERTARIAN
Jimmy L. Edwards

U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, DISTRICT 1 (MS)

DEMOCRAT
Antonia Eilason

REPUBLICAN
Trent Kelly (I)

SUPREME COURT, DIST. 3, POS. 3, NORTHERN DISTRICT (MS)

Josiah Dennis Coleman
Percy L. Lynchard

DESOTO COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD, DISTRICT 5

Charles Barton
Sarah Doss-Thomas
Larry Sylvester

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