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May 30, 2012

County Commissioner’s race headed into runoff

Athens —

The Henderson County Precinct 1 County Commissioners’ race is headed into the long-hot summer with a runoff between Scotty Thomas and Ken Hayes.

When the votes were counted Tuesday night, Thomas led the 4-man Republican slate with 696 votes. He was followed by Hayes with 662 votes, O.B. Skip Smith with 404 and Ron Welch with 331. The winner of the runoff will face Democrat David McLaun in November.

“I’m excited to be in the runoff. I’m worn out, but ready to go,”  Thomas said.

Thomas said he spent Tuesday night watching the Texas Rangers game.

“That had a more disappointing result,” Thomas said.

Hayes said he and Thomas are friends, and he expects that to set the tone for the race.

“I’m excited, and appreciate everyone coming out and supporting me,” Hayes said. “I need them to come back in July.”

Hayes said his Henderson County roots run deep, and he is looking forward to serving the people of Precinct 1, if elected.

The Precinct 1 Commissioner seat is open because of the retirement of Joe Hall, who did not seek a third term. It is the precinct with the most turnover over the last 20 years with William Blakely, Walter Jackson and Bill Faulk all preceding Hall.

In the County Commissioner Precinct 3 race, incumbent Republican Ronny Lawrence won by a comfortable margin, 1,379 votes to 894, over Billy Van Voast. Lawrence will not have an opponent in November.

Tuesday was a tense night for some of the county constables.  Norman Terry survived a stiff challenge in the Republican Precinct 2 election from Rodney Henderson, winning 857 votes to 835. No Democrat filed in the race.

Rick Carver outpolled incumbent Precinct 3 Constable incumbent David Grubbs in the Republican Primary, 752 to 636. Carver and Grubbs are headed for a runoff, because of 237 votes for James Lehman.

Incumbent Precinct 1 Democratic Constable Daryl Graham routed Dorothy Houston, 373 to 123, and Precinct 5 Republican Brad Miers defeated Eric Lee Adair, 1,135 to 620.

Longtime County Tax Assessor/Collector Milburn Chaney switched from the Democratic party and won the Primary against Anita Smith 6.095 to 2,172.

Several county incumbents were unopposed in the Republican primary including:

• 3rd District Court Judge Mark Calhoon;

• 392nd District Court Judge Carter Tarrance;

• District Attorney Scott McKee;

• Sheriff Ray Nutt.

 Nutt will face former Justice of the Peace Bill Burton in November.

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