Blount Countians headed to the polls Tuesday for the Republican primary runoff. The only local election on the ballot was between Republican District 2 county commissioner candidates Terry Franklin and Chad Trammell.
With eight of nine precincts reported, Trammell garnered 1,262 votes (59.47 percent), while Franklin received 860 votes (40.53 percent). Since there is no Democratic candidate on the general election ballot, Trammell will be District 2’s next County Commissioner.
The unofficial results were posted Monday evening. Trammell won the precincts in Blountsville, Summit, Royal, Brooksville, and Rock Springs, as well as absentee. Franklin carried the boxes in the Snead and Susan Moore precincts.
Trammell, a 2001 graduate of J.B. Pennington High School, continues to live in Blountsville where he and his wife Magan have raised their two children, Eden (12) and Coy (10). He spent nine and a half years as a class 3 operator with Blount County Commission District 4 before starting his own excavating business.
In a statement to The Blount Countian prior to the primary, Trammell said, “District 2 means so much to me, having lived here all my life. I will work hard to improve the roads, listen to the voices of the citizens of this great community, and stand up for what is right. It is my goal to make District 2 something we can all be proud of.”
The other races on the Republican runoff ballot were voted on county wide. In the race for the Republican nominee for the U.S.Senate, Blount Countians overwhelming supported Tommy Tuberville. With 25 of the county’s 26 precincts counted, the former Auburn football coach recevied 6,414 votes (69.52 percent) to easily beat the former U.S. Senator and U.S. Attorney General, who received 2,812 votes (30.48 percent).
Tuberville was the popular choice statewide as well. He ended the night with 333,890 votes (60.74 percent) earning the Republican nomination. Up next is November’s general election where he will face incumbent Doug Jones, the Democratic nominee.
The final race on the Blount County ballot was for Court of Criminal Appeals Judge, Place No. 2. Blount Countians gave the nod to incumbent Beth Kellum, who received 4,100 votes (51.60 percent). Will Smith received 3,846 (48.40) percent. Kellum will serve another term since there is no Democrat or Independent candidate on the ballot in November.
The original date for the runoff was March 31, but the COVID-19 pandemic forced officials to postpone it for more than three months. According to the Alabama Secretary of State’s website, voter turnout for the runoff was 17.36 percent.