By John Brice
Chambers County residents along with their fellow Alabamians and citizens across the United States of America showed up at the polls on Election Day this year to make their voices heard and cast votes for a wide range of political offices and on a number of critical resolutions.
Hard fought races at the federal, state and local level all came to a long awaited conclusion on the impactful ballot which also featured a large number of statewide amendments as well as a crucial referendum on the renewal of an ad valorem tax for Chambers County voters only. This year’s contests featured a unique blend of third-party libertarian and independent candidates running alongside the standard contenders from the Republican and Democrat parties.
Incumbent Republican Kay Ivey was the decisive victor in the race for Governor of Alabama, winning handily with 67.4% of the total votes for a total of 944,850 ballots cast in her favor. In the race for Lieutenant Governor, incumbent Will Ainsworth also won re-election with 84% of the total votes based on the 155,081 ballots cast in his favor. Steve Marshall, Wes Allen, Young Boozer and Andrew Sorrell all of the Republican party each won their races for the state offices of Attorney General, Secretary of State, Treasurer and Auditor respectively.
For the United States Representative seat in the 3rd Congressional District Republican incumbent Mike Rogers easily won reelection with 71.3% of the total votes based on the 135,448 ballots cast in his favor. Political newcomer Katie Britt emerged victoriously as the winner of the race for the United States Senate seat formerly held by Richard Shelby until his recent retirement. Britt won 66.8% of the total votes based on the 940,054 ballots cast in her favor.
Incumbent Republican State Senator Randy Price ran unopposed and comfortably won his reelection for Alabama State Senate District 13 with 98.2% of the total votes based on the 31,715 ballots cast in his favor. Bob Fincher was another incumbent Republican who also ran unopposed in his Alabama House of Representatives District 37 and effortlessly won reelection with 98.7% of the total votes based on the 11,921 ballots cast in his favor. Debbie Wood, the incumbent Republican in Alabama House of Representatives District 38, won her reelection as well with 91% of the total votes based on the 5,194 ballots cast in her favor.
Republican Jeff Nelson triumphantly won the much anticipated race to replace recently retired longtime Sheriff Sid Lockhart as the new Chambers County Sheriff with 67.19% of the total votes based on the 6,125 ballots cast in his favor. Incumbent Jeff Jones won re-election for Chambers County Coroner with 60.67% of the total votes based on the 4,613 ballots cast in his favor. Greg Cook and Kelli Wise each won their races to be Associate Justices of the Supreme Court of Alabama, Place 5 & 6 respectively.
All ten of the ballot measures to pass statewide amendments were approved along with the ten year renewal of the ad valorem tax funding Lanier Hospital which received 5,025 votes in favor against the 2,779 in opposition.
Nelson elected Sheriff, Jones re-elected coroner
By John Brice