Tyree Jones unofficial winner of Hinds County Sheriff runoff
JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - Tyree Jones is the unofficial winner of the Hinds County Sheriff runoff election Tuesday.
With 98% percent of precincts reporting, Jones has 60% of the votes.
Right now, Jones is a captain with the department, but he said he spoke with his friend and late sheriff Lee Vance about one day following in his footsteps.
“This isn’t just something that I woke up and decided to do; I had this conversation with my dear friend during his tenure,” Vance said.
Despite the official declaration, Jones had more than 51% of the votes needed to win, and he began to celebrate Tuesday night.
“I wouldn’t be where I am today first of all without the good Lord watching over me along this journey; I’m very thankful for my family, I’m very thankful for my friends, the supporters, and those that voted and saw the vision and platform that I shared during this campaign process to be able to lead Hinds County forward,” he said.
Jones said he envisioned winning by conducting a professional campaign with integrity, and he plans to be a sheriff for all of Hinds County.
“We have to address the issues that we’re plagued with in Jackson, and we also have to address the issues in rural and unincorporated Hinds County as well,” Jones said. “And last but definitely not least, we have to address the issues that we’re currently plagued with inside the Hinds County detention facility and the consent decrees that we have right now.”
He also thanked those who didn’t vote for him and vowed to work collectively with everyone for the betterment of the county.
Opponent and Interim Sheriff Marshand Crisler only had 40% of the vote.
Voters also had a runoff for Hinds County Constable District 5 Tuesday. Beverly Wade Green was pronounced the winner.
Green had 55% of the vote against her opponent Juan Cloy, who received 45 %.
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