Evicted: Young Moves Nichols Out Of Sheriff's Office
KEVIN HALPERN, Courier Co-Editor
Darrell Young rebounded from a loss to incumbent Billy Nichols in 2006 to capture the seat in Thursday's County General Election.
Young captured 2123 of the 4180 votes cast in the race, compared to 1436 for Nichols. Nichols came out ahead in only one of the county's nine precincts.
Mike Grosch came in third with 434 votes while Jack Miller had 109 and Kenny Wetzel 77.
"I want to thank all of my supporters who worked hard to make this possible," a jubilant Young said as he was surrounded by a throng of supporters at Joe's Place. "I promise not to let them down.
In other county races:
Mike Gannon was elected to a third term as county executive. He joins current Woodbury Mayor Harold Patrick as the only person in county history elected to a third term as executive. Gannon recorded 2782 (67.69%) of the votes while Rebekah Parton came in second with 922 and George Pittman placed third with 401.
In the Register of Deeds race, Debbie Morris was elected to her seventh term. She beat out Greg Mitchell, winning 2376 votes to Mitchell's 1618.
Lynne D. Foster, who was named interim Circuit Court Clerk in January after her brother, Robert "Hoppy" Davenport retired, was elected to the position by beating out Larry Sanders. Foster received a total of 2499 votes while Sanders had 1346.
Voters returned Bobby Smith to the County Clerk's job for the 10th time. He collected 2028 votes while Matt Teply had 1066, Roger Spry 593 and Terry Russell Reed had 446.
Wayne Prater edged out Norma Knox to become the county's next trustee. Prater received 954 votes, just ahead of Knox's 913. Brenda Mullinax came in third with 643, Nolan Travis had 633, Grant Holt 347, Michael Nichols 330, Dotty Duggin 242 and Brenda Witty 110.
In the races for the 10 county commission seats (each district elects two representatives):
Mark Barker and James Russell Reed were elected in the 1st District.
Jimmy Mingle and Todd Hollandsworth were elected in the 2nd District.
Kevin Dale George and Jim Bush were elected in the 3rd District.
Joe Wimberly and Clint Higgins were elected in the 4th District.
Bob Stoetzel and Kevin Mooneyham were elected in the 5th District.
For the Cannon County Board of Education, Michael L. Mayfield (281) beat out Shelley Walkup (218) and William Melton (111) in the 5th District and Chris Blackburn was re-elected in in the 2nd District.
Road commissioner winners were Jerry Pelham (Zone 1), Edward Doyle Duke (Zone II) and James Hancock (Zone III).
Elected as constables were Jim Gibbs (1st District), Tom Ganoe (2nd District), Kevin Duncan (3rd District), Forrest Pitcock (4th District) and Adam Melton (5th District).
Check Friday's Cannon Courier online and next week's Cannon Courier for additional election results and coverage.