June 9, 2010 Edition

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Freeman, Dotson elected

Gretchen Hunt

Lawrence County voters came out in full force Tuesday for the runoff election, nearly matching the voter turnout for the May 18 primary.

Local races for sheriff and county judge were decided.

Dale Freeman was elected judge with 2,322 votes (65 percent) over JR Rogers, who received 1,276 votes (35 percent).

The sheriff's race went to Jody Dotson, who received 1,985 votes (55 percent) over Glen Smith, with 1,594 votes (45 percent).

Ratliff wins state rep. race

The Democratic nomination for state representative of District 73 appears to have gone to James Ratliff. He carried Lawrence County by a vote of 2,127 (59 percent) over Ronald Cavenaugh, who received 1,450 votes (41 percent) and was projected as the district-wide winner. He will face Chad Moseley in the General Election.

County votes in state races

In races for Democratic nominations to state and federal offices, totals for Lawrence County only were as follows:

U.S. Senate - Lt. Gov. Bill Halter, 1,797 votes (51 percent) over Senator Blanche Lambert Lincoln, 1,740 votes (49 percent). Lincoln was announced as the statewide winner.

U.S. Congress, District 1 - Tim Wooldridge, 2,014 votes (57 percent) over Chad Causey, 1,537 votes (43 percent). Causey was announced the district wide winner.

Secretary of State - County Clerk Pat O'Brien, 2,073 votes (60 percent) over Mark Wilcox, 1,355 votes (40 percent). O'Brien was announced as the winner statewide, as well.

Commissioner of State Lands - L.J. Bryant, 1,966 votes (59 percent), over Rep. Monty Davenport, 1,390 votes (41 percent). The election was called for Bryant on Tuesday night.

Voter turnout announced

A total of 3,634 voters cast ballots in the election, representing 35 percent of the registered voters. This number is just short of the 4,095 that voted in the May 18 election.

Early and absentee voting numbers were high, as well.

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