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Posted on Wed, Nov. 08, 2006  Compston wins constable race

He garners 52.7% of vote against 3 rivals By PAM FIRMIN [email protected]

WIGGINS - E.S. "Steve" Compston Jr., former Wiggins police chief and former sheriff of Stone County, was elected Stone County's east-division constable in Tuesday's special election to fill the unexpired term of Andy Lott, 56, who resigned as constable with about one year remaining.


The constable election was held at the same time as the general election. Its four candidates ran as nonpartisans.  Effective Dec. 31, however, the west-side constable retires and the winner of this election will be used by both sides, said Glenda Joyce Cobb, Justice Court clerk.


Compston, 48, who won with 809 votes or 52.70 percent in the nine east-side precincts, is a detective in the narcotics division of the Gulfport Police Department. He has served two terms as constable on the east side.  "I just like law enforcement," he said after the votes were in. "I just want to do the best job I can for the people - make them proud that they voted for me."  Other candidates were: Randall Anderson, 45, who owns a residential construction business, Lester Blackmore, 52, employed by Hood Industries as an auto mechanic, and Cliff Lockhart, 56, a former corrections officer with Stone County Correctional Facility.


Stone County has two part-time constables, one each for the west and east sides, who act as process servers and bailiffs for the Justice Court. They are paid by the number of papers served. They are the law enforcement part of the Justice Court, said Cobb.

Unofficial returns


Constable East Side, Justice Court E Randall Anderson 335 Lester Blackmore 287

E.S. "Steve" Compston, Jr. 809 Cliff Lockhart 104