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Yates, Thomason win county offices
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Article Author: Emily Dilbeck
August 2nd was election day for the state primary and county general elections.

August 2nd was election day for both the State primary and County General elections here in Polk County. With 3,746 voting in all, all 11 precincts saw a sizeable turnout on election day. 1,443 of the total votes came from early voting.

Randy Yates, the incumbent Democrat, beat William Bracken, his Republican challenger, for the position of Assessor of Property. Yates received 2,029 votes to Bracken’s 1,537. Yates won all 11 precincts.

Roy Gene Thomason, the Democratic candidate, beat Republican John Trantham for the position of Road Superintendent. Thomason received 2,145 votes to Trantham’s 1,535. Thomason won the Delano, PCHS, CMS, Greasy Creek, Springtown, Parksville, Shiloh, South Polk and Turtletown precincts. Trantham won Ducktown and Copperhill.

Tracy Bishop and Jayson Lamb, both incumbents, defeated newcomer Joshua Goode for places on the District 1 School Board. Out of 2,941 votes in Precincts 1, 2, and 3, Bishop received 770 votes, Lamb 622, and Goode 506.

District 1 Constable went to Cody L. Day (D) with 709 votes, while Daniel Leland Oswald (R) received 391 out of a total 1,100.

Winning the position of District 2 School Board member was Shawn Pritchett with 346 votes. James Haynes received 153 votes, Keith (Bubba) Hitson 113, and Scott Martin 288, with the total number of votes at 900.

Howard H. Deverell (D) received 580 votes, to beat Robert Yates’ 392 for the position of District 2 Constable. A total of 972 votes were cast.

Incumbent L.W. Smith and newcomer James (Mush) Davis both won positions on the School Board for District 3. Smith received 670 votes, Davis 640. Candidate Rob D. Gladson received 455 votes, while incumbent Mark A. Stone only received 608.  A total of 2,373 votes were cast.

Walter K. Hyatt (R) beat Frankie Womble (D) for the position of District 3 Constable. Hyatt received 777 votes, to Womble’s 588. A total of 1,365 votes were cast.

The three positions on the 4th Fractional Township Board went to incumbents Daren Waters and Dr. Craig Green, along with newcomer Doug Collins. Waters received 178 votes, Green 170, and Collins 122. They beat out Ginger Dalton who had 104 votes, Nathan Henderson who received 108 votes, and Brenda Ryder Procter who had 89 votes.

In Polk County, Gary Davis won the U.S. Senate Democratic Primary in Polk County, with 386 votes. Incumbent Bob Corker won the Republican Primary for the same position with 1,418.

Bill Taylor won the Democratic Primary for the U.S. House District 3 position with 697 votes. Republican Scottie Mayfield won the Republican primary for the same position with 604 votes.

Incumbent Republican Eric Watson won the Primary for the position of State House District 22 Congressmen by a landslide, receiving 1,428 votes to fellow Republican David Kimbro’s 195.

All state positions will be decided in the November election later this year.

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