The Winston Co. Republican Women will host the Winston County Republican Executive Committee Chairman, Mark Forsman, and the six local county Republican Candidates, on March 18th at 6:00 P.M. in the Colonial Room at Lake Tiak O'Khata.
There will be a social time from 5:30-6:00; after which Chairman Forsman and the 6 candidates will be making brief remarks. The Public is invited and encouraged to attend. Arrive at 5:30 or call ahead to order from the menu. The Speakers are as follows:
• Mark Forsman is the newly elected Chairman of the Winston Co. Republican Executive Committee and owner of Yarbrough Wood Products, LLC, in Noxapater. Chairman Forsman, feels the time is now for Republicans to take a stand for their conservative Christian values. He feels the Republican Party best represents the convictions of Christians throughout our state and has a passion to see the Republican Party grow in Winston County. He encourages Winston Countians to attend the March 18th meeting and meet the 6 candidates who have stepped out to embrace their convictions and run on the Republican Ticket.
• Charles Blake Edwards, is seeking to serve as Winston Co. Coroner. Blake is married to Tiffany Edwards of Starkville, MS, and they have two children, Karly Blair Edwards and Fischer Blake Edwards. He is a member of Friendship Baptist Church in Sturgis, MS and also a member of the Betheden Masonic lodge #205. He has 10 years of experience in the fire service with Betheden Vol. Fire Dept., Central Oktibbeha Vol. Fire Dept, and currently with the Starkville Fire Department as a career firefighter since December of 2016. Prior to obtaining his job with the City of Starkville, he was employed with Grenada Fire Department. He is a graduate of the Mississippi State Fire Academy, and also holds certifications from the National Fire Academy. He is a nationally certified emergency medical technician through East Mississippi Community College, and is also certified as a phlebotomist
• Byron K Foster is seeking to serve as Coroner of Winston County. Byron has lived in Winston county most of his life. He is the son of Ricky Brown and Seretia Jean Sullivan Foster and the grandson of the late Horace Titus and Martha”Inky” Foster and Doyle Patterson and Jean Pearson Sullivan. He has been married to his wife, Jennifer Lynn Foster, for five years. They have two children, Briley Jean and Braylynn Elizabeth Foster. They attend New Zion United Pentecostal Church. He has been a licensed funeral service professional for six year and has been working in the funeral industry for 13 years. He is the office manager and salesman for Central Mississippi Monument Company in Louisville.
• Justin H. Keller is a lifelong resident of Winston County and a candidate for Winston County Chancery Clerk. He is a Certified Public Accountant and has been employed with Watkins, Ward and Stafford for the last 6 years. His practice involves governmental and non-profit financial audits and compilations. His work as a CPA has given him experience in local governmental financial processes, state legal compliance and internal controls. Justin earned his Bachelor of Accountancy degree at Mississippi State University. He is married to Laken Morgan Keller, a nurse for Dr. Michael Ard at Winston Medical Clinic. Justin and Laken are the proud parents of two children, Olivia, age 2, and Owen, age 5 months. Justin attends Artesia Baptist Church with his family, and his father in law serves that congregation as pastor. He is also an Eagle Scout of Boy Scout Troop 5, where his grandfather, Paul “Big Iron” Thompson, served as Scoutmaster for over 40 years and impacted the lives of hundreds of young men.
• William (Will) McNeel is a lifelong resident of Winston County and is a candidate for Justice Court Judge. He is the son of Billy Gene & Carolyn McNeel of Noxapater. He resides near downtown Louisville. He is a graduate of Winston Academy & East Central Community College. He is Vice President and a Co-Founder of Gator Computers LLC, who have been in business for over 10 years and have expanded storefronts to include Philadelphia, Starkville and West Point. He also works as a satellite dealer & installer for Viasat and Hughesnet. He has has won numerous awards for being a top 10 sales dealer for ViaSat internet. William ran an unsuccessful campaign for Chancery Clerk of Winston County in 2007, and he feels his previous campaign helped make his decision to run in 2019 an easy one. He is a proud Republican and feels we need Republican leadership at all levels of government.
• Rhonda Prisock, is seeking election for County Supervisor -District 3. She is 45 years old and is married to Tim Prisock. They have three children Lexi (Heath) Ray, Courtney (Trevor) Holdiness and Kayleigh Jo Prisock. They have two grandchildren Alyssa Claire Ray and Magnolia Leigh Holdiness. Rhonda has been a lifelong resident of Winston County and is the daughter of Joe and Elaine Cooper. She owns “Fantabulous Formals. She’s a fierce defender of bullied youth and the struggles they face in today’s society. She was a strong community leader during the tornado and helped countless families in Winston County. She organizes a toy drive each year for Blair Batson as well as coat drives and Prom with a Purpose.
• Taylor Tucker, candidate for the position of Winston County Prosecuting Attorney. He is married to Vicki Sullivan Tucker. They have two children: Matthew, who is married to Laura Arias, and Jeffrey, who is married to Audrey Sparkman. They also have 3 grandchildren, Santiago, Annabel, and William. He is a graduate of Louisville High School, Mississippi State University and University of Mississippi School of Law. He has been in the private practice of law in Louisville for more than 41 year. He has served as Winston Co. Prosecuting Attorney for more than 13 Years and Prosecutor for the City of Louisville for more than 32 Years. He is currently serving as Prosecutor for the City of Louisville and the Town of Noxapater.