Madison County Journal: Blackmon Edges Jones for Seat

By MICHAEL SIMMONS Madison County Journal

Blackmon edges Jones for seat: Madison County Journal

Barbara Blackmon appears to be the next state senator for District 21, narrowly beating incumbent Kenny Wayne Jones for the seat that encompasses Madison, Attala, Leake, Holmes and Yazoo counties.

Uncertified results have Blackmon with 4,864 votes to Jones’ 4,794 votes.

There was some speculation amongst election officials this week whether or not Jones would challenge the results, but he put those rumors to bed Wednesday morning.

“I can challenge it,” Jones said. “At first she was 25 (votes) up, so how that jumped to 70 I still can’t figure out,” he said. “But, I don’t think I’m gonna challenge that.”

He added, “I’m leaving the right way and I’m not pulling a Chris McDaniel, so when I want to come back I’ll be able to come back and still have credibility.”

Jones was referencing his fellow senator’s failed bid for the U.S. senate seat last year.

Jones bested Blackmon in Madison County, collecting 2,065 votes (64.09 percent) to her 1,154 votes (35.82 percent).

Jones and Blackmon split Yazoo County with approximately 155 votes each.

In Leake County, Blackmon had nearly 900 votes to Jones’ 533.

Other county totals were unavailable as of press-time.

Blackmon previously held the seat for 12 years before giving it up to run against Republican Amy Tuck for lieutenant governor in 2003.

Barbara Blackmon Set to Challenge Kenny Wayne Jones

Former state senator and 2003 Democratic Lt. Gov. nominee Barbara Martin Blackmon of Canton qualified today to run for her old senate seat. The position is currently being held by Sen. Kenny Wayne Jones who recently came under fire for defending Haley Barbour’s “tar babies” remark aimed at Pres. Barack Obama

Blackmon, an attorney with Blackmon and Blackmon, also served as Vice-Chair of the Mississippi Democratic Party (2008-2012). Barbara Blackmon represented Humphreys, Madison and Yazoo counties in Senate District 21 for 12 years. Barbara and her husband, state Rep. Edward Blackmon, Jr., received an award for Black Philanthropy for having given $1,000,000.00 to Tougaloo College, $750,000.00 to Jackson State University, and providing scholarships and awards to 53 students through their previous Foundation.

This is definitely going to be a race to watch!