May 19, 2010 Edition

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Local races result in runoffs

IVO Operator Arbie Bates (left) shows Black Rock resident Bryan Smith how to operate the Ivotronic on Tuesday before casting his vote. Voting is now done primarily through electronic ballots.
TD Photo ~ Shantelle Prater
Gretchen Hunt

The highly contested races for Lawrence County judge and sheriff were not decided on Tuesday night as none of the candidates pulled in 50 percent of the vote.

A total of 4,095 Lawrence County residents voted, representing approximately 40 percent of the registered voters.

Unofficial results were released by the Lawrence County Clerk's Office with runoffs slated between Jody Dotson and Glen Smith for sheriff and Dale Freeman and JR Rogers for judge.

The runoff election will be on June 8.

Dotson received 1,823 votes (48 percent), and Smith received 1,073 votes (28 percent). The other candidate for sheriff, Lewis Slaughter, received 928 votes (24 percent).

Freeman received 1,783 votes (47 percent), and Rogers received 1,293 votes (34 percent). Ronnie "Frog" Light, the third candidate for county judge, received 750 votes (19 percent).

Other local results were as follows:

  • District 6 justice of the peace - Nathan Crafton, 225 votes (56 percent) over Bob L. Smith, 176 votes (44 percent).

  • District 8 justice of the peace - Kenny Jones, 187 votes (51 percent) over Dean Davis, 180 votes (49 percent).

  • District 9 justice of the peace - Alex A. Latham, 244 votes (54 percent) over Craig Stone, 211 votes (46 percent).

  • Boas Township constable - Charlie Cook, 438 votes (76 percent) over Jim Waldrupe, 139 votes (24 percent).

Ratliff carries county in race for state rep.

James Ratliff carried Lawrence County in the race for state representative for District 73. He received 1,843 votes (49 percent) and is projected to be in a runoff with Ronald Cavenaugh who received 973 votes in Lawrence County (26 percent).

The winner of the runoff will face Republican Chad Moseley in the November General Election.

The third candidate for the Democratic nomination, Blaine Davis, received 965 votes in Lawrence County (25 percent).

County chimes in on state races

Lawrence County voters also cast their ballots in state races. The following are results for Lawrence County alone and do not necessarily reflect who the statewide winner was.


U.S. Senate - Lt. Gov. Bill Halter, 1,640 votes (43 percent); U.S. Senator Blanche Lambert Lincoln, 1,614 votes (43 percent); D.C. Morrison, 520 votes (14 percent).

U.S. Congress, District 1 - Tim Wooldridge, 1,571 votes (42 percent); State Rep. David R. Cook, 1,010 votes (27 percent); Chad Causey, 845 votes (23 percent); Sen. Steve Bryles, 144 votes (4 percent); Ben Ponder, 119 votes (3 percent); Terry G. Green, 62 votes (1 percent).

Secretary of state - County Clerk Pat O'Brien, 1,735 votes (48 percent); Mark Wilcox, 1,329 votes (37 percent); Doris Tate, 548 votes (15 percent).

Commissioner of state lands - Representative Monty Davenport, 1,518 votes (44 percent); L.J. Bryant, 1,452 votes (42 percent); Mike Berg, 507 votes (14 percent).


U.S. Senate - Jim Holt, 83 votes (39 percent); Congressman John Boozman, 47 votes (22 percent); Curtis Coleman, 24 votes (11 percent); Senator Kim Hendren, 15 votes (7 percent); Senator Gilbert Baker, 15 votes (7 percent); Randy Alexander, 11 votes (5 percent); Conrad Reynolds, 11 votes (5 percent); Fred Ramey, 5 votes (2 percent).

U.S. Congress, District 1 - Rick Crawford, 152 votes (73 percent); Princella D. Smith, 55 votes (27 percent).

Lieutenant governor - Donnie Copeland, 121 votes (59 percent), Mark Darr, 83 votes (41 percent).


State Supreme Court associate justice position 3 - Justice John Fogleman, 1,903 votes (51 percent), Court of Appeals Judge Courtney Henry, 1,860 votes (49 percent).

State Supreme Court associate justice position 6 - Court of Appeals Judge Karen Baker, 1,922 votes (52 percent); Judge Tim Fox, 1,249 votes (34 percent); Evelyn Moorehead, 521 votes (14 percent).

Court of Appeals associate judge district 2, position 1 - Court of Appeals Judge Jo Hart, 2,151 votes (58 percent); Judge Rhonda Wood, 1,541 votes (42 percent).

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