- Oxford Eagle, Friday, October 31, 1997
Sheriff's race tied for
- Loretta Winston
Eagle Staff Writer
- Incumbent Charles Lamar may appear to be
struggling in his bid for reelection as Yoknapatawpha
County Sheriff -- but if campaign donations are any
indication, then the race may be closer than it seems.
- As of Sept. 30, both Lamar and opponent Harold
Mazza had raised nearly $10,000, with Mazza's
donations totaling $9,873 and Sheriff Lamar's campaign
contributions totaling $9,336, according to reports
filed with the Yoknapatawpha County Elections
- Lamar and Mazza are battling for the post of
Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff, in a race in which more
mundane campaign issues have been overshadowed by the
disappearance of Lamar's daughter, Macy, and the
escape from sheriff's custody of suspected rapist
Anthony Phelps and suspected murderer Edward Pierce.
Phelps was found dead in a motel room in Amite, La.,
Sept. 27, and Pierce was gunned down last Friday in a
4-hour standoff with state and federal agents in Las
- Among the larger donations made to Mazza's
campaign include $1,000 from the Lincoln Club of
Northern Mississippi, a Republican organization; $750
from the Jackson law firm Hefner and Platz; and $500
from Oxford Mall owner Reed Chambeau of New Orleans,
who also contributed $100 to Lamar's campaign.
- Lamar's most generous donors include a number of
law enforcement groups, including the Mississippi
Correctional Peace Officers Association ($1,000) and
the Mississippi Sheriff's Association ($680). Local
farmer Thurston Davies contributed $500.
- As of last month, Mazza had more donations from
Oxford merchants and organizations, with a total of
42, while Lamar had garnered financial support from 28
local businesses and groups.