Candidates turn toward November

Published 11:00 pm Wednesday, March 14, 2012

With the Pike County primary elections over, candidates are gearing up to garner support from their constituents in the November general election.

“I am getting my signs and cards ready,” said Democratic candidate Doristine Sankey who will appear on the general election ballot for District 6.

Sankey will be up against Republican Joey Jackson who beat fellow political newcomer Jeff Knight and ousted incumbent Oren Fannin in the primary election.

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“I am going to go door-to-door and visit with people at functions to let them know who I am and what I stand for,” Sankey said.

Sankey, a lifelong Pike County resident, has a background in volunteer work and education and said schools, the elderly and infrastructure were just a few of her passions.

“There are different issues and differences of opinion out there,” Sankey said. “I’d like to be able to sit on the commission and come up with a collective solution to problems.”

Homer Wright, Democratic incumbent in the District 1 county commission seat, was unopposed in the primary election, but will run against Republican Walter Murphy in November. Jimmy Barron, the Republican incumbent representing District 3 on the county commission, beat Mike Hall in the primary election and will face off with Democrat Samuel Lewis in the general election. Ryan Flowers’ supporters were greater in number than those of Brett Vann in Tuesday’s election and Flowers will take on Democratic incumbent Ray Goodson for the District 4 spot.

Charlie Harris, however, can relax after Tuesday’s voting numbers came in. He bested Isabell Boyd in the primary election and is unopposed on the November ballot.

“It was a low voter turnout, but I’m satisfied with the victory,” Harris said. “The people I talked with in Pike County were saying I was going to win, but they got out and voted and proved that.”

Republican incumbent Robin Sullivan who sits on the county commission’s District 2 spot, was unopposed in both elections and will remain in his position.

For Pike County Board of Education positions, Incumbent Democrat Herbert Reynolds was ousted and Clint Foster, Ph.D will take over as the board member for District 5. No Republican candidate is running for that spot.

Incumbent District 6 Republican candidate Chris Wilkes didn’t have competition in the primary election, but he’ll go head-to-head with Jim Knight who won the primary election against Ken Styron.

In other races not on the primary ballots Tuesday, Republican Wes Allen is unopposed for the Pike County Probate Judge title and Democrat Daryl Calhoun will attempt to win incumbent Jaime Neely Scarbrough’s position as circuit clerk.