General Election Field Set In Race For Commissioner, Districts II & III
The closest race in Tuesday’s primary came in the four-way run for Democratic Party candidate for county commissioner in District II, where Harley Melton narrowly defeated David Beckwith by a tally of 531 to 530 votes.
“I was surprised, to say the least, and by one vote,” Melton said. “All I can say is I will give it all I can give it and I appreciate the people who support me.”
On the Republican Party ticket, Tony Voelker defeated Sam Hobbs by a total of 1,113 votes to 922 to earn the GOP nomination.
“The key to me is to continue meeting the people, shaking hands and letting them get to know me,” Voelker said. “Sam put up a tough race, he grew up here and knows a lot of people, so in that sense I was the underdog. I think that’s going to be the key. Sam has already committed to working with me, so that is kind of our strategy. I want to thank everyone who supported me, I really appreciate it.”
“I’m really glad to win the primary and I’m looking forward to the general election. I know that it will be a tough battle with Steve Williamson and his experience,” Ruble said. “But I hope the county would like to have a new face with new ideas. I appreciate Jim Elliot and the great primary we had.”
Meanwhile, the Republican Party voted 949 to 789 in favor of Steve Williamson over Patty Steward for the nomination.
“Everybody has to work together to get anything accomplished,” Williamson noted. “I’ve got a good man running against me in the fall and it’s going to be a tough race.”
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