Tuesday night's runoff election for seats on the Phillips County Quorum Court and the newly reinstated Helena-West Helena School Board resulted in a pair of upset victories.

Tuesday night's runoff election for seats on the Phillips County Quorum Court and the newly reinstated Helena-West Helena School Board resulted in a pair of upset victories.

Independent Jeremy Moneymaker defeated Democratic nominee Lita Moore-Johnson by a mere 21 votes, 131 to 119. In the race for Helena-West Helena School Board director from Zone 1, Leroy Love Charles, a newcomer to Phillips County politics, defeated veteran local politician Marvin Jarrett by a 59 to 40 margin.

Jarrett, no stranger to local politics, had previously served on the Helena-West Helena Board of Advisors that served while the school district was on the Arkansas Department of Education's Fiscal Distress List. Jarrett also served on the Phillips County Quorum Court several years ago.

In the November general election, Jarrett got 42 percent of the vote to Charles' 31 percent in what was then a 3-way race.

Moneymaker, who garnered only 29 percent of the vote in the general election, apparently gained the support of the voters of two other candidates for the District 9 seat on the quorum court. Rickey Davidson and Richard Robinson got 19 and 3 percent of the vote respectively in the general election.

Moore-Johnson was the front runner in the general election getting 48 percent of the vote. She retained 47.6 percent in the runoff.

Moneymaker, 27, ran on the platform that he desired to encourage more young people to get involved in the government process.

The District 9 seat on the quorum court has been vacant since the passing of Teresa Morgan.