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Primary complete, runoffs next

Staff Report

The June 5 primary is behind us, but there is still unfinished business for several candidates. Gov. Kay Ivey won the Republican race and no runoff will be required. Walt Maddox assured the Democratic bid. Ivey received 56 percent of the vote with five candidates on the GOP side. Maddox got 55 percent with six on his ticket.

As for races with more local standing, there is still some work to do in some cases. In the U.S. Congressional Distict 2 race, incumbent Martha Roby will face former rival Bobby Bright in a runoff. Roby edged Bright 39 percent to 28 percent. At Tallassee's largest box, Tallaweka Baptist Church, she receive 231 votes to Bright's 191.

In the race for State Representative District 31, current Rep. Mike Holmes won the bid over Dustin DeVaughn 53 percent to 47 percent. DeVaughn got five more votes than Holmes at Tallaweka, 242-237. Holmes got 9 votes to DeVaughn's 1 at God's Congregational Holiness Church. In the State Senate District 25 race, it was a runaway for Will Barfoot over Ronda Walker 64 percent to 36 percent.

Most races were decided in some of the key county races. Locals Brad Linville and Jody Jeffcoat were opponents in the Elmore County Coroner's race. Linville garnered 56 percent to Jeffcoat's 44. The vote counts in Tallassee were 275-250 for Linville at Tallaweka and 7-4 for Jeffcoat at God's Congregational Holiness Church.

John Thornton topped Vicki Bonner Ward in the Elmore County Probate Judge's race 66 percent to 34 percent. Michael Dozier (47%) and Brian Justiss (31%) will compete in the runoff for Elmore County Circuit Clerk.

Tallapoosa County District 5 Commissioner George "Jr." Carleton will maintain his seat with a landslide 72 percent to 28 percent victory over Joshua Garner. Talmadge "Tal" East beat Lee Hamiliton 64 percent to 36 percent in the bid for Tallapoosa County Probate Judge.

The total number of voters per box in Tallassee were 586 at Tallaweka, 57 in Jordanville and 237 at City Hall. The total of 880 is down 28 percent from the 1,216 who voted in the municipal race in 2016.

The statewide primary runoff election will be on July 17.

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