In Tuesday’s Primary Election, a number of races were decided, while other fields were narrowed.
Below are the unofficial results as reported by the Taylor County Elections Office and do not include provisional ballots. According to Supervisor of Elections Dana Southerland, she knew of 12 provisional ballots, which will be counted Friday.
“Cla” Parker received 54.50 percent of Democrat votes Tuesday, earning him the right to advance to the November General Election. Parker received 1598 votes to fellow challenger Chris Folsom’s 1334.
County Commissioner Malcolm Page won re-election to a fourth term representing District 1, garnering 70.73 percent of the vote. Page received 633 votes while his challenger, Charles “Byrd” Reaves, received 262.
Challenger Frank Russell defeated incumbent Jody James DeVane in the Democrat primary for the Taylor County Commission District 3 seat. Russell received 348 votes (52.49 percent) while DeVane received 315 votes (47.51 percent).
Thomas Demps received the most votes in the Democrat primary for the Taylor County Commission District 5 race, earning a chance to move on to November and continue his bid to replace incumbent Pat Patterson, who is retiring at the end of her term.
Demps received 249 votes (39.46 percent), compared to Johnnie Mae Blount with 196 votes (31.06 percent), Ocie “Gator” Reaves with 127 votes (20.13 percent) and Phillip Colon McNeal with 59 votes (9.35 percent).
Bonnie Sue Agner will replace Taylor County School Board District 1 incumbent Danny Glover, who resigned to run for superintendent.
Agner defeated fellow challenger Kevin Kidd 605 votes to 293. She received 67.37 percent of the vote compared to Kidd’s 32.63 percent.
Jeanne Mathis and Valena Reed Driggers will face each other in a runoff during November’s general election after no one in the School Board District 3 race exceeded 50 percent of the vote.
Mathis received 599 votes (45.52 percent) and Driggers received 403 votes (30.62 percent). In a nonpartisan race, if no one receives more than 50 percent, there is a runoff between the top two vote getters.
Fellow challenger Alan Edwin Dodimead, who received 314 votes (23.86 percent), will not move on to November. Incumbent Darrell Whiddon is not running for re-election.
Longtime Taylor County School Board member Kenneth Dennis lost his bid for re-election, with challenger Deidra Dunnell receiving 52.05 percent (419 votes) of the ballots cast, winning the race outright and avoiding a runoff.
Dennis received 235 votes (29.19 percent) while challenger Thomas (Nate) Gray received 151 votes (18.76 percent).
Perry City Council District 1 representative Venita Woodfaulk handily won a second term in Tuesday’s Primary Election, pulling in 77 percent (303) of the votes. Challenger Gil Williams received nearly 23 percent of the votes with 90.
Perry City Council District 2 representative Shirlie Hampton pulled in 162 votes in Tuesday’s Primary Election to win a second term. Challenger Donnie L. Pickford received 89 of the total 251 votes cast in the race.