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Published on November 30th, 2022 | by Newt Rayburn


Lafayette County Court Judge Run-Off Results – Tuesday, November 29, 2022: Tiffany Kilpatrick Wins Election

Severe weather overshadowed Election Day in Lafayette County on Tuesday, November 29, 2022, and may have played a roll in the low turnout for the County Court Judge Run-Off Election.

On the ballot were candidates Carnelia Fondren and Tiffany Kilpatrick, who placed first and second in a crowded field in the General Election November 8.

A total of 4,472 registered voters cast a ballot in Tuesday’s Run-Off compared to the 12,711 registered votes cast on November 8. That’s a difference of 8,239 less votes. Only 35% of the people who voted in the General Election November 8 voted in the Run-Off on November 29.

After all ballots from 18 out of 18 precincts were counted, Circuit Clerk Jeff Busby declared Tiffany Kilpatrick the winner, with 2,826 votes (63.24% of the vote) compared to Carnelia Fondren’s 1,634 votes (36.56%).

Lafayette County JudgeTotals100% Reporting
Tiffany Kilpatrick2,82663.24%
Carnelia Fondren1,63436.56%
Total Votes Cast4,469100%

Interestingly, Carnelia Fondren received more votes in the general election than the run-off. In the general, Carnelia gathered 2,432 votes but in the run-off she received just 1,634 votes, which is 798 votes less than the general. Tiffany Kilpatrick, on the other hand, added 666 votes in the run-off election to her general election total of 2,160.

Also interesting, who were the nine people who braved the weather just to cast a write-in vote? And who did they vote for? It makes you wonder.

Tiffany Kilpatrick will start her new roll as Lafayette County Court Judge on January 1, 2023.

Tiffany Kilpatrick will be Lafayette County, Mississippi’s first ever County Court Judge, starting January 1, 2023.
Tiffany Kilpatrick with her son Rex.

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Newt Rayburn founded THE LOCAL VOICE in March of 2006. Previously, Newt was Editor of PROFANE EXISTENCE in Minneapolis, and Art Director for Ole Miss' LIVING BLUES magazine. Newt won a National Magazine Award in 1999 for his SOUTHERN MUSIC ISSUE with THE OXFORD AMERICAN. A seventh-generation Lafayette County, Mississippian, Newt Rayburn's alter ego—Neuter Cooter—lead the Mississippi band THE COOTERS to Rocknoll Glory across the USA from 1993-2018. Newt is a family man who also is a publisher, photographer, writer, musician, landlord, and Civil War enthusiast.

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