Rundown on local runoffs



 

 

Three local runoff elections are of special interest to Blount County as a result of the June 4 Republican primary. Three additional state offices will also appear on the July 15 runoff ballot. District 3 commission race

At the top of the list for local interest is the District 3 Blount County Commission race, featuring incumbent Dean Calvert against challenger Pat Hyde.

Calvert narrowly missed an outright victory when four provisional votes were added to candidate totals on July 10. Three of those votes went to Hyde, dropping Calvert’s percentage of the vote to 49.97, triggering the runoff. Hyde polled 28.59 percent of the vote. The district includes Straight Mountain, Murphree Valley, and Oneonta.

Candidate comments on the runoff:

Dean Calvert: “I want to thank the people for their support in the June election. This race is not over, and I would like to ask for your continued support on July 15. We will continue working with our CDBG grants, and the paving of county roads 27, 29, 15, and 1. Thank you.”

Pat Hyde: “District 3, it’s time for a change. Our people and roads deserve the attention and leadership Pat Hyde will provide to make a difference. Cast your vote for change, cast your vote for progress, and let’s make a difference together. Your voice must be heard on July 15 to make a difference.”

Three local runoff elections are of special interest to Blount County as a result of the June 4 Republican primary. Three additional state offices will also appear on the July 15 runoff ballot. District 3 commission race

At the top of the list for local interest is the District 3 Blount County Commission race, featuring incumbent Dean Calvert against challenger Pat Hyde.

Calvert narrowly missed an outright victory when four provisional votes were added to candidate totals on July 10. Three of those votes went to Hyde, dropping Calvert’s percentage of the vote to 49.97, triggering the runoff. Hyde polled 28.59 percent of the vote. The district includes Straight Mountain, Murphree Valley, and Oneonta.

Candidate comments on the runoff:

Dean Calvert: “I want to thank the people for their support in the June election. This race is not over, and I would like to ask for your continued support on July 15. We will continue working with our CDBG grants, and the paving of county roads 27, 29, 15, and 1. Thank you.”

Pat Hyde: “District 3, it’s time for a change. Our people and roads deserve the attention and leadership Pat Hyde will provide to make a difference. Cast your vote for change, cast your vote for progress, and let’s make a difference together. Your voice must be heard on July 15 to make a difference.” District 17 state senate race

The District 17 state senate runoff pits two political newcomers with strong Blount County connections against each other: Brett King, a local attorney who lives in Locust Fork and practices widely in the county, and Shay Shelnutt, who lives in Trussville, but who in recent years taught school and coached at Oneonta High School. Shelnutt polled 34 percent in the primary against King’s 30 percent. Blount Countians in this case would appear to be choosing between the greater of two goods. The district includes parts of Jefferson, St. Clair, and Talledega counties and more than half of Blount County, lying in the southern part.

Candidate comments on the runoff:

Shay Shelnutt: “As a realtor, I’ve seen how people in Blount County are hurting from the recession. We don’t need new taxes, we need new jobs. People like Marla Smith and Hal Buckelew are supporting me because I’m 100 percent focused on our schools and against higher taxes. Please call me at 413-9022.”

Brett King: “1967. Forty-seven years ago. That is the last time our district had a Senator from Blount County. On June 3, 2,510 voters OUTSIDE of Blount County wanted Brett King to be their Senator. On July 15, please ask yourself, ‘Which candidate is best qualified to work on the complex challenges we face?’” District 6 U.S. House of Representatives

This runoff election features Paul DeMarco, who vowed, if elected, to open a Blount County congressional office, against Gary Palmer who, during the course of the primary election and preparations for the runoff, answered his own phone when contacted by The Blount Countian. DeMarco polled 33 percent to Palmer’s 20 percent in the GOP primary. The district includes most of the county, except for a small part of its northernmost reaches.

Candidate comments on the runoff:

DeMarco: “I am honored that the people of Blount County supported me in the primary. As a committed constitutional conservative, I will fight for our rights and values against the overreach of the federal government and Washington liberals. I urge the people of Blount County to join me in the July 15 Republican runoff.”

Palmer: “I know people are worried about their futures, but I want people to know that we can get our country back on the right track. As your Congressman, I’ll work to repeal and replace Obamacare and use America’s enormous energy resources to create jobs and get our economy growing again.” Runoffs for other state offices

• Secretary of State – John Merrill (40 percent of primary vote) vs. Reese McKinney (38 percent of primary vote).

• State Auditor – Jim Zeigler (47 percent of primary vote) vs. Dale Peterson (24 percent of primary vote).

• Public Service Commission Place 2 – Chip Beeker (39 percent of primary vote) vs. incumbent Terry Dunn (33 percent of primary vote).