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Follin-King takes oath of office

Chancery Clerk Greg Younger leads Anthia Jo Follin-King in the oath of office for election commissioner Monday morning at the office of the Alcorn County Board of Supervisors.

Staff photo by Jebb Johnston

By Jebb Johnston


Anthia Jo Follin-King stepped back into a familiar role Monday morning.

During the meeting of the Alcorn County Board of Supervisors, she took the oath of office to serve as interim election commissioner for the Fourth District.

"I look forward to working with the commissioners and continuing to carry out fair and impartial elections in our great county," said Follin-King, who has worked with local elections for some 25 years.

She is retired from the Alcorn School District and is a past chairman of the county Democratic Party.

She also served as an interim election commissioner for the Fourth District in 2015 after Keith Settlemires resigned to run for sheriff. This time, she is replacing Sandy Coleman Mitchell, who resigned in order to run for tax assessor this year.

Follin-King said she enjoys working elections and being with the "good folks" who get the job done each election season.

The board thanked her for again taking on the interim role. She is "one that has definitely served in many capacities through the years," said Chancery Clerk Greg Younger, "and we appreciate you agreeing to serve as our replacement for Sandy Coleman Mitchell."

The board also passed an order calling for a special election to fill the vacancy. The special election will be held with the general election on Nov. 5, and the winner will serve the final year of the term beginning next January. The post will again be up for election along with the rest of the election commissioners in 2020.