Incumbent District 4 Supervisor Vern Gavin filed a petition to contest his loss to Wanda Evers.
He alleged that Mississippi Election Code violations were committed by poll workers during the runoff. Gavin also alleged that Evers did not meet residency requirements.
Evers defeated Gavin with 57% of the vote in the Democratic primary runoff on August 29.
“Poll books were not properly managed. There were problems at at least three polling precincts. Voters complained of undue influence by poll watchers and were told who to vote for. There were also poll books delivered to the wrong precincts, which resulted in voters being denied the right to vote. Mrs. Evers does not meet the law, two year residency requirement for the seat of supervisor for District 4. As of February 23, her homestead is at Hemingway Circle in Jackson, Mississippi, which is outside of District 4,” Gavin claimed.
The Wanda Evers Campaign released the following statement to WJTV 12 News.
The Wanda Evers for Hinds County Supervisor District 4 Campaign respects the will of the voters in Hinds County. They voted for change. The message of change we offered, resonated with voters.
Though we’ve been made aware of a complaint filed against us/our campaign via the media, we have not officially been served with any type of official documentation.
It would be premature for us to discuss this matter before we are in receipt of anything official. We look forward to winning for a third time November 7 and serving the citizens of Hinds County.Wanda Evers for Hinds County Supervisor District 4 Campaign