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Gadsden incumbents fare well

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By Alice Du Pont

 

Candidates who won in Gadsden County’s General Election won big. Shirley Knight, supervisor of elections, said things at the polls ran smoothly throughout the day with few lines.

 

“There were people in line at 7 p.m. in Gretna and Precinct 5 (Joe Ferolito Recreation Center), and the last ones to vote were finished by about 7:30,” she said.

 

Of the registered voters in the county, 16.14 percent cast their ballots either on Election Day, early voting or absentee.

 

This is how Gadsden County voted:

 

PRESIDENT

• Repbulican Mitt Romney: 6,614 (29.47 percent)

• Democrat Barack Obama: 15,706 (69.98 percent)

• OJB Thomas Robert Stevens: 10 

• LBT Gary Johnson: 54

• CFP Virgil Goode: 2

• GRE Jill Stein: 8

• REF Andre Barnett: 3

• SOC Stewart Alexander: 1

• PFP Rosanne Barr: 14

• PSL Peta Lindsay: 1

• AIP Tom Hoefling: 1

• JPF Ross Anderson: 4

• Write-in: 26

 

U.S. SENATE

• Republican Connie Mack: 5,414 (24.48 percent)

• Democrat Bill Nelson: 16,379 (74.05 percent)

• NPA Bill Gaylor: 199

• NPA Chris Borgia: 112

 

REPRESENTATIVE 

IN CONGRESS (Dist. 2)

• Republican Steve Southerland: 6,508 (29.38 percent)

• Democrat Al Lawson: 15,612 (70.47percent)

 

STATE ATTORNEY

• Republican Pete Williams: 9,657 (44.78 percent)

• Democrat Willie Meggs: 11,909 (55.22 percent)

 

• STATE SENATE (Dist. 3)

• Republican John Shaw: 3,606 (16.68 percent)

• Democrat Bill Montford: 18,018 (83.32 percent)

 

GADSDEN COUNTY SHERIFF

• Democrat Morris Young: 19,488 (89.23 percent)

• NPA Glen Russ: 2,352 (10.77 percent)

• PROPERTY APPRAISER

• Democrat Clay VanLandingham: 18,639 (85.55 percent)

• NPA Robert L. Peoples: 3,149 (14.45 percent)

 

TAX COLLECTOR

• Democrat W. Dale Summerford: 20,085 (91.91percent)

• NPA Stacey Hannigon: 1,767 (8.09 percent)

 

SUPT. OF SCHOOLS

• Democrat Reginald James: 15,600 (71.72 percent)

• NPA Millie Forehand: 6,150 (28.28 percent)

 

COUNTY COMM. DIST. 1

• Democrat Eric Hinson: 4,520 (81.32 percent)

• NPA Carolyn Russ Francis: 1,038 (18.68 percent)

 

COUNTY COMM. DIST. 3

• Democrat Gene Morgan: 2,387 (73.00 percent)

• NPA Darrell Williams: 883 (27.00 percent)

 

COUNTY COMM. Dist. 5

• Democrat Sherrie Taylor: 3,413 (85.24 percent)

• NPA Regimond Bouie: 591 (14.76 percent)

 

CIRCUIT JUDGE 2nd CIRCUIT

• Barbara Hobbs: 13,817 (65.04 percent)

• Josefina M. Tamayo: 7,427 (34.96 percent)

The following judges were retained: Justice R. Fred Lewis (yes, 15,181 and no was 748); Justice Barbara J. Pariente (yes, 15,127 and no was 5,556); Justice Peggy Quince (yes, 14,935 and no was 5,684); Justice Simone Marstiller (yes, 14,766 and no was 5,815); Justice Stephanie Ray (yes, 15,199 and no was 5,279); Judge Ron Swanson (yes, 14,734 and no was 5,635); Judge Brad Thomas (yes, 14,860 and no was 5,486). 

 

There were 12 amendments on the ballot this year: 

Amendment One: Yes, 7,964 and No, 13, 131

Amendment Two: Yes, 11,469 and No, 9,968

Amendment Three: Yes, 7,003 and No, 14,049

Amendment Four: Yes, 6,859 and No, 14,014

Amendment Five: Yes 6,110 and No, 14,602

Amendment Six: Yes 7,487 and No, 13,433

Amendment Eight: Yes, 8,601 and No, 13,113

Amendment Nine: Yes 10,822 and No, 10,380

Amendment Ten: Yes, 7,670 and No 13,231

Amendment Eleven: Yes, 10,795 and No, 10,343

Amendment Twelve: Yes, 7,437 and No, 13,477

 

There were 9,599 early voters and 4,062 absentee ballots casts. On Election Day, 8,894 voters went to their precincts. Knight said that everything went smoothly.

 

Sheriff Morris Young, who first won election in 2004 by less than 100 votes, said he thanked the citizens for returning his to office.

 

“I am humbled that people saw fit to return me to office for another four years. I will continue to do my best for every citizen in Gadsden County as I always have,” he said from his headquarters on West Jefferson Street, surrounded by campaign volunteers.

 

Returning School Superintendent Reginald James, also elected for the first time in 2004, said, “We are extremely grateful and humbled by the outstanding support shown by the community for the work that’s being done in our schools.”

 

The Gadsden County Democratic Women’s Club of Florida gathered at a private party to watch the results come in nationwide. President Louvenia Sailor said there were many similar “Watch Parties” through the county to cheer for Democratic candidates.

 

“We put in a lot of hard work into the campaign the get President Obama re-elected. We wanted Florida to go with the President 100 percent, but we know that’s not possible … but as long as we get the majority, I’ll be happy,” Sailor said.