May 21, 2014 Edition

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Freeman, Yates win county races




Election Commissioner Judy Verkler (right) and Rob Combs, who served as an election official on Tuesday, look over paperwork after the Lawrence County votes were counted.
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Tuesday was Election Day and in addition to statewide Democratic and Republican races for governor and Republican races for lieutenant governor, attorney general, state treasurer and auditor of state, there were four county races decided by Lawrence County Democratic voters.

County Clerk Tina Stowers has released the following unofficial results.

Incumbent Dale Freeman was elected as county judge on the Democratic ballot over John Thomison by a vote of 1,203 (59 percent) to 827 (41 percent).

In the sheriff's race, Jeff Yates defeated Joseph Allen Warnick by a vote of 1,818 (91 percent) to 176 (nine percent). Current Sheriff Jody Dotson did not seek re-election.

There were no other candidates for the offices of county judge or sheriff, so Freeman and Yates will not have challengers in November.

Two justice of the peace races were also on the Democratic ballot.

Incumbent Donald Richey defeated Coty Powers 208 (73 percent) to 78 (27 percent) for the Democratic nomination for JP position 2. He will now face Republican Franklin Brewer in the November General Election.

Alex Latham won re-election to position 9 by defeating Kendell Snedeker 153 (55 percent) to 125 (45 percent). There were no other filings for the position so he will be unopposed in the General Election.

The election results will be certified at 2 p.m. on Tuesday in the office of the county clerk.

Next week's edition of The TD will include results for statewide races including how Lawrence County voters cast their ballots.

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