November 7, 2012 Edition

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Voter turnout high
in Lawrence County




Cloyce Smithee of Hoxie signs in to vote at the Hoxie Service Center on Tuesday. Election workers Pat Winfrey (left) and Sue Quarry said they had been busy with a steady stream of voters.
TD Photo ~ Meridith Helms

Gretchen Hunt
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Voter turnout was high in Lawrence County, according to County Clerk Tina Stowers, as 66.61 percent of registered voters cast ballots.

"We usually vote about 40 percent," Stowers said. "So, we were definitely up this election."

In addition, early voting saw a dramatic increase from the last presidential election. In 2008, Lawrence County had 1,151 vote early, compared to 1,918 in this year's election.

Lawrence County Sheriff Jody Dotson was re-elected. He ran as a Democrat and defeated Independent challenger Ezra Pierce, 4,284-1,188 in the only countywide race.

Results of other local races are as follows:

Justice of the Peace, District 3: Lloyd W. Clark, 308; Jeff Reese, 298.

Constable Black Rock Township: Bryan Smith, 291; Jewell "Tommy" Milgrim, 112.

Hoxie Alderman, Ward 2, Position 2: Karen Williams, 555; Juanita Viola Madden, 157.

Imboden Alderman, Position 2: Rebecca Jones, 160; Luther Brown, 89.

Portia Alderman, Position 4: Tim Allison, 103; Jim King, 67.

Ravenden Alderman, Position 4: Donna L. Bartlett, 75; Dannie Smith, 52.

Walnut Ridge Alderman, Ward 1, Position 2: Boyce Dixon, 841; JR Rogers, 801.

Walnut Ridge Alderman, Ward 2, Position 2: C.L. Clark, 676; Jeff Taylor, 541; Larry King, 410. Clark and Taylor will be in a runoff to determine the winner.

Walnut Ridge Alderman, Ward 4, Position 1: Michael Button Wallin, 915; Dan Ellison, 728.

LawCo. chimes in on races

Lawrence County voters also cast ballots in state and federal races as follows:

President: Mitt Romney/Paul Ryan, 3,535; Barack Obama/Joe Biden, 1,786; Gary Johnson/James P. Gray, 121; Jill Stein/Cheri Honkala, 77; Peta Lindsay/Yari Osorio, 18.

U.S. Congress, District 1: Congressman Rick Crawford, 3,060; Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington, 2,198; Jessica Paxton, 126; Jacob Holloway, 124.

State Senate, District 20: State Senator Robert Thompson, 2,840; Blake Johnson, 2,655.

State Representative, District 60: Rep. James Ratliff, 3,178; Ronald Cavenaugh, 2,364.

Local voters cast ballots as follows on the three issues up for consideration:

Issue No. 1 (funding for state highways, county roads, city streets and bridges): for, 3,295; against, 2,157.

Issue No. 2 (municipal and county financing): for, 2,295; against, 2,937.

Issue No. 5 (medical marijuana): for 2,283; against, 3,229.

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