Primary leads to Democratic runoffs

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, June 7, 2000

Staff Writer

The Democratic Party in Pike County garnered more votes than the Republican Party here.

With 28 of 29 precincts reporting, the unofficial numbers showed 67 percent of the votes cast were in the Democratic Primary.

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A total of 3,982 ballots were cast, not counting those from First Baptist Church in Troy that couldn’t be counted Tuesday night because of a technical problem.

In the Democratic Primary Pike County Commission District 3 race, Sherrill Calhoun received 160 votes for just over 71 percent and Joe B. Allen received 63 votes, which translates into a little over 28 percent.

Incumbent Ray Goodson received almost 50 percent of the votes cast in the Pike County Commission, District 4 race on the Democratic side. Goodson received 407 votes, followed by Terry Sneed with 271 and Donnie Daniels with 142. Goodson will face Sneed in a run off on June 27.

For incumbent Charlie Harris and Jeff Baker, the campaign isn’t over quite yet. Harris earned exactly 50 percent of the votes of the Democratic Primary race for the Pike County Commission, District 5 seat. Harris received 419 votes while Baker garnered 230 and Jake Wingard received 189 votes.

In the District 6 race, incumbent Karen Berry won by a large margin with just over 77 percent of the votes cast in that race. Berry received 259 votes and Ralph G. Rainey received 77 votes. Those numbers will not be official until the final box is counted.

Willo D. Baker and Herbert Reynolds will face each other in a June 27 run off for the Pike County Board of Education, District 5 seat. Baker, who is the incumbent, received 316 votes, followed by Reynolds with 243 and Paula U. Hall with 222.

There will be no run offs in the local races on the Republican ballot.

Larry Penn won the Republican nomination in the Pike County Commission, District 3 race. Penn received 208 votes to get over 54 percent. Jimmy Barron received 171 votes (45.12 percent).

With one precinct remaining in the District 6 race, John Schmidt has received over 64 percent of the votes in that race. Schmidt has received 126 votes, followed by Roy Pugh, who received 73 votes.

In the only constable race with opposition, Republican Marvin "Pete" Jordan received over 64 percent of the votes cast in the GOP primary election. Jordan received 193 votes compared to Scott Flowers who received 108 votes.

Editor’s note: Follow-up stories on the elections , including statewide races, will be in the June 8 issue of The Messenger.