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Harris, Jones win local races


By Alton Mitchell

The campaign signs that have greeted motorist and pedestrians on Chambers County street corners and billboards are slowly beginning to vanish. Last Tuesday’s Super Tuesday’s results are in and many of the local races have been decided.

The biggest race of the day was the presidential primary for both democratic and republican races in the state. The winner of each matched the trends nationally. Alabama Democratic victor proved to be Hilary Clinton who seized 78% of the votes in Alabama. Republican voters selected Donald trump who held 43% of Alabama’s votes to make him the victor of the Republican primary ticket.

Other races had more of an effect locally on Chambers County those included those for Public Service Commission President in which Twinkle Cavanaugh emerged victorious taking 63% over Terry Dunn.

One of the biggest local races involved the seat for the United States House for District 3. The highly publicized race was between Mike Rodgers and Larry DiChiara as GOP primary candidates. Rodgers emerged victorious taking 76% of the vote over DiChiara. The democratic ticket in the race was uncontested and Jesse Smith won by default.

The U.S. Senate race in Alabama was also a close one for democrats as Ron Crumpton squared off against Charles Nana. Crumpton emerged victorious taking 56% of the vote over Nana. The Republican ticket was a lot more decorated supporting five candidates in which Richard Shelby emerged victorious.

The race for the District Attorney of Chambers County also proved to be a very interesting race in the local area. Valley attorney Bill Harris won the Republican nomination for district attorney of the Fifth Judicial District. Harris easily won with nearly 70% of the vote beating out Damon Lewis.

The battle lines were also drawn during the election for the district 2 seat of the Chamber County Commission. In that race Douglas E. Jones beat out Jimbo Brown for the District two seat. In the November election there is no opposition to run against Jones so he will be the new commissioner.

The primary results are now in and the signs are coming down only to make room for new signs to take their place as the November election approaches for the final decision on voting in Chambers County and the nation.