Anderson, Edwards set for runoff

Union County residents will have to return to the polls in three weeks to decide who will receive the Democratic nomination in three local races, as well as one Republican race.

In the most tightly-contested race of the election, Jimmy Edwards and Anthony Anderson will move on to the Democratic primary runoff election, to be held Aug. 23.  Edwards was the leader among the eight Democratic candidates with 1,963 votes, while Anderson followed close behind with 1,723 votes.

Other runoff races in the Democratic primary include the District One supervisor race between “Peanut” Pickens and “Bill” Hancock and District Two supervisor race between Sammy Coffey and Jimmy Yarbrough. 

In the District One race, Pickens received 516 votes, compared to Hancock’s 356 votes.

Coffey received 665 votes in the District Two race, while Yarbrough received 614.

In the Republican primary’s District Three supervisor race, David Kent will face Wade Ligon in the runoff.  Kent received 186 votes, compared to 151 for Ligon.

In other county races, Steve Robbins defeated opponent Ronnie Wilhite in the Democratic race for Chancery Clerk.  Robbins received 3,183 votes, while Wilhite received 3,045 votes.

Robbins will face Republican incumbent Annette Hickey in the November election.

Randy Dunnam defeated Mike Meinz, with 3,595 votes.  Meinz received 2,957 votes.

 The following are results from the county elections in Tuesday’s Democratic and Republican primaries. The results are unofficial and do not include absentees or affidavit ballots. There were 7,648 votes cast, or 47.57 percent of the county’s registered voters.