The primary is over and the ballots for the 2018 general election is set. In Jackson County, there will be three local races on the ballot. The margin of voters who turned out for the election just over a third of the registered voters, 35.2%. Of 25,125 eligible, registered voters, 8,845 turned out to vote either by early voting, vote by mail or at their chosen precinct on election day.
The school board race in District I will have incumbent Terry Nichols and newcomer Diane Long challenging him. Long took 40.83% of the votes (670) to Nichols 46.37% (761). Connie Jean Mitchell had 12.31% or 202 votes. Following the results being announced, Nichols said, “I want to thank the voters for turning out and casting their votes and I hope they’ll make it to the polls in November. I’ve always believed our future is in our children and we need quality schools to provide them the best foundation available. I thank everyone for their support.”
In the County Commission District 4 seat, it was new to the political scene Terry Charles who garnished 70.81% (672) votes, to William “Bubba” Nelson’s 26.13% (248). On the ballot in November will be Charles, Republican Eric Hill and NPA John Bryant. After the results were posted, Charles said, “I want to thank the voters that voted in the election today. I am proud to be their represented for the race in November. I would like the voters in District 4 to support me in November. I want everyone to know that I will be their voice for all of Jackson County. I want to thank my opponent in this race for running a fine campaign and just want to stress that I will represent all of the voters in Jackson County.
In the final local race for County Commissioner District 5 seat, it was Edward Crutchfield taking 59.96% (590) of the vote to Steve Benton’s 38.72% (381). In the general election in November, it will be Crutchfield facing off against incumbent Republican Clint Pate. Following the election results being distributed last night by Supervisor of Elections Sylvia Stephens, Crutchfield said, “I appreciate everybody that supported me and I am glad for the win. We got to keep it up and get through November, so I’ll need all your support just like you supported me this time, I appreciate you supporting me in November.” Incumbent Clint Pate was at election central Tuesday evening and said, “I am looking forward to the election in November and I hope we have a good turnout. We will be kicking up the campaign starting tomorrow. There will be 69 days out so I look forward to it.”