2006-07-26 / Front Page

Taylor wins, Cox carries Early

Primary runoff election Aug. 8 Advance voting begins Monday

Butch Wiggins Butch Wiggins Voter turnout was light across the state in last week's General Primary. It was light in Early County as well. Of Early County's 6,082 registered voters, only 1,275 voters - 20.96 percent - went to the polls.

Wiggins defeats White

In the only contested local race local banker Butch Wiggins garnered over 82 percent of the vote to defeat garage mechanic George White by a count of 301 to 61 for the District 1 county commission seat.

Wiggins will

take office Jan.

1, filling the seat being vacated by Buddy Durham. Jody Glass was unopposed in his bid for re-election to county commission District 3.

In the marque statewide race - the Democratic battle between Cathy Cox and Mark Taylor to determine who will face Gov. Purdue in the Nov. 7 General Election - Early County parted ways with the state's voters.

While Taylor won the Democratic primary, carrying 51.7 percent of the vote statewide to Cox's 44 percent, Cox took over 60 percent of the votes in Early County, out polling Taylor 658 to 395.

Butch Wiggins

Democratic gubernatorial candidates Mac McCarley and Bill Bolton received 21 and 17 votes respectively.

On the Republican ballot, Gov. Sonny Perdue received 148 votes to Ray McBerry's 15 votes.

Casey Cagle defeated Ralph Reed in the hotly contested Republican race for Lt. Governor with 56 percent of the votes. Cagle carried Early County 75-71.

In the Democratic race for Lt. Governor, Jim Martin and Greg Hecht will face each other in a runoff on Aug. 8. Martin was the top vote getter in the five candidate field with 41.2 percent followed by Hecht with 36.4 percent. Martin also carried Early County 472-343.

Republican and Democratic candidates for Secretary of State will also be facing off in the Aug. 8 runoff election.

Democratic candidates Gail Buckner (25.4%) and Darryl Hicks (21.9%) topped a six candidate field in the primary. They were also the top vote getters in Early County with 250 and 168, respectively.

Four candidates were on the Republican ballot for Secretary of State. Karen Handel led that field with 43.6 percent of the vote followed by Bill Stephens with 32.6 percent. In Early County the top vote getter was Charlie Bailey at the top of the ballot with 43 votes, followed by Handel with 37 and Stephens with 26.

Gary Black topped the four-man field of Republican candidates for A g r i c u l t u r e Commissioner with 42.3 percent of the votes. He will face Brian Kemp, who got 26.8 percent, in the runoff to determine who will challenge Democratic incumbent Tommy Irvin in the Nov. 7 General Election.

State School S u p e r i n t e n d e n t Kathy Cox defeated her Republican Primary opponent, Danny Carter, with 64.7 percent of the vote. She won Early County with 67.5 percent of the vote.

Cox will be facing Democratic winner Denise Majette in the November General Election. Majette defeated Carlotta Harrell in the Democratic Primary with 67.1 percent of the vote. In Early County Majette won 470-417.

Brent Brown defeated Chuck Scheid with 70.3 percent of the vote in the Republican Primary to determine who will challenge Democratic Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond in November. Brown took 76 percent of the vote in Early County.

There were two Public Service Commission races on the primary ballot. Republican Chuck Eaton defeated Mark Parkman with 58.6 percent of the vote and will face incumbent David Burgess. Incumbent Stan Wise defeated Newt Nickell in the Republican Primary and will face Democratic challenger Dawn Randolph.

Hughes challenging Bishop

Congressman Sanford Bishop did not have opposition in the primary, but will face Republican opposition in Blakely native Bradley C. Hughes in November.

Bulloch to face Boyd

Likewise, Republican State Senator John Bulloch was unopposed in the primary, but will face Democratic challenger Marjean Boyd in November.

Representative Gerald Greene drew no opposition for his re-election bid to the House 149 seat.

Other races uncontested in last week's primary which will be on the Nov. 8 General Election ballot include Attorney General Thurbert Baker facing Republican Perry McGuire and Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine facing Democrat Guy Drexinger,

Advance Voting

Advance voting for the Aug. 8 Primary Runoff election will begin July 31 and extend through Aug. 4.

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