There were few surprises in the Clay County primaries Tuesday night, with all three incumbent supervisors winning their races easily.
[These results reflect machine totals only; absentee and affidavit results were not available at press time. – Brian Jones] District 3 Supervisor RB Davis defeated Democratic challengers Richard Deanes Jr. and Larry Smith and will face Republican Paxton Austin in the November general election. Davis garnered 847 votes, or 60.03% of the vote; Deanes received 459 votes (32.53%) and Smith 105 (7.44%).
District 4 Supervisor Shelton Deanes easily defeated Democratic challenger Charles Collins. Shelton Deanes received 769 votes, or 63.76%, and Collins, who currently serves as Ward 3 Selectman in West Point, received 436 votes, or 36.15%. Shelton Deanes will face Republican challenger Chad McComic in November.
District 5 Supervisor Floyd McKee resoundingly defeated challenger Jesse Ivy, 965 (69.42%) to 414 (29.78%). McKee will face Independent James “Rock” Crawford in the general election.
District 1 Supervisor Lynn Horton and District 2 Supervisor Luke Lummus were unopposed.
In the chancery clerk race, Amy Berry, who currently serves as county comptroller, won decisively, carrying every box in her race. Berry received 4,530 votes (67.95%) to Melissa Bobo Calvert’s 1,833 (27.49%) and Suzette White’s 301 (4.51%). Berry will not face a challenger in the general election.
Longtime Chancery Clerk Robbie Robinson did not seek re-election.
Eddie Scott defeated Edward Houston Jr. in the sheriff’s race 4,186 (61.85%) to 2,577 (38.08%). The two seemed evenly matched early in the evening, with only a handful of votes separating them in the first several boxes, Scott soon pulled ahead and never looked back, taking all but two boxes by the end of the night. Scott, who is currently chief deputy, does not face a challenger in the general election.
Longtime Sheriff Laddie Huffman did not seek re-election.
In the tax assessor’s race, former Ward 1 Selectwoman Linda Hannah will face Paige Dendy Lamkin in a runoff. Hannah received 2,948 votes (43.91%) to Lamkin’s 2,427 (36.15%). Deborah Myers received 1,336 (19.9%). Hannah carried 11 out of 14 boxes, losing only in Siloam, Cedar Bluff and Central West Point, all of which went to Lamkin.
The winner will face Republican Becky Coe, who held the office from 2004-2007, in the general election.
Tax Assessor Tee Rupert did not seek re-election.
In other races:
Justice Court Judge District 1: Incumbent Thomas Hampton 1,994 (82.77%); Nudennie Moore 409 (16.98%).
Justice Court Judge District 2: Incumbent Joe M. Taggert 2,532 (58.86%); Eddie Longstreet 1,354 (31.47%); Rebecca Gibson 416 (9.67%).
Constable District 2: Incumbent Lewis Stafford 2,956 (70.53%); Randy Zane Howell 1,233 (29.42%).
Superintendent of Education: Incumbent Mae Brewer 618 (55.63%); S. Griffin Drake 493 (44.37%).
Circuit Clerk Robert “Bob” Harrell, Coroner Alvin Carter Jr., County Attorney Angela Turner Lairy and District 1 Constable Sherman Ivy were unopposed.0