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Eight local candidates emerged victorious as their political parties’ nominees in the primary election on Tuesday, Aug. 30, with two of them effectively clinching the election. Local voters also overwhelmingly disapproved the proposed multipurpose sports complex in Lloyd, and approved an amendment giving tax breaks to businesses that install solar power equipment. The local candidates who emerged victorious in the first round of the election cycle on Tuesday were incumbent David Hobbs, the Democratic nominee for Sheriff; incumbent Lois Howell-Hunter, the Democratic nominee and likely the winner of the Tax Collector race; Marianne Arbulu, the Republican nominee for School Superintendent; Kelvin L. Norton, the Democratic nominee for School Superintendent; Stephen Gary Fulford, the Republican nominee for District 1 County Commissioner; Max Bilinski, the Democratic nominee for District 1 County Commissioner; J.T. Surles, the Republican nominee for District 3 County Commissioner; and Gladys Roann-Watson, the effective winner of the nonpartisan District 1 School Board race. Which means that in November’s general election, Hobbs (D) goes against Mike Fillyaw (No Party Affiliation); Arbulu (R), Norton (D) and Glover Jones (NPA) compete for the School Superintendent seat; Howell-Hunter faces a write-in candidate who has not made any effort to make herself known or viable; Bilinski (D), Fulford (R), Franklin “Jay” Brooks (NPA), and David W. Ward (NPA) compete for the District 1 County Commission seat; and Surles (R) faces C.P. Miller (D) for the District 3 County Commission seat. In terms of the exact number of votes for each of the local candidates:
* Hobbs received 2,624 (79.44%) of the votes cast for Sheriff, versus Eugene Butler’s 679 (20.56%).
* Howell-Hunter received 2,143 (64.39%) of the votes cast for Tax Collector, versus Jay Adams’ 1,185 (35.61%).
* Arbulu received 880 (58.78%) of the votes cast for the Republican nominee for School Superintendent, versus Republican incumbent Al Cooksey’s 617 (41.22%).
* Norton received 2,295 (73.63%) of the votes cast for the Democratic nominee for School Superintendent, versus Democrat opponent Charles E. Burney’s 822 (26.37%).
* Fulford received 263 (70.51%) of the votes cast for the Republican nominee for District 1 County Commissioner, versus fellow Republicans Jonathan Register’s 99 (26.54%) and Colin Barton’s 11 (2.95%).
* Belinski received 406 (64.04%) of the votes cast for the Democratic nominee for District 1 County Commissioner, versus fellow Democrat David Roger Harvey’s 228 (35.96%).
* Surles received 227 (77.74%) of the votes cast for the Republican nominee for District 3 County Commissioner, versus Republican opponent Jerry W. Sutphin’s 65 (22.26%).
* And Roann-Watson received 584 (55.57%) of thevotes cast in the District 1 nonpartisan School Board race, versus opponent James E. “Jamie” Kin’s 467 (44.43%).
* The sports complex referendum was overwhelmingly defeated: 3,625 votes (71.80%) against; 1,424 (28.20%) in support.
* Amendment 4 passed locally and statewide. Locally, 2,861 voters (58.26%) supported it; 2,050 (41.74%) voted against it. Following are the results of the non-local races on the ballot:
* Marco Rubio won Florida’s Republican primary for the U.S. Senate seat, and he also won locally, receiving 1,177 votes (78.47%) to Republican opponents Dwight Mark Anthony’s 134 (8.93%), Carlos Beruff’s 127 (8.47%), and Ernie Rivera’s 62 (4.13%).
* Patrick Murphy won Florida’s Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate seat, and he also won locally, receiving 1,537 votes (50.08%) to Democratic opponents Alan Grayson’s 894 (29.13%), Pam Keith’s 442 (14.40%), Roque “Rocky” De La’s 128 (4.17%), and Reginald Luster’s 68 (2.22%).
* U.S. Senate Libertarian candidate Paul Stanton received three votes locally.
* Neal Dunn won the Republican nomination for the 2nd Congressional District but failed to get a majority here.
The local vote went as follows: Mary Thomas, 68 votes (40.48%); Dunn 60 (35.71%); and Ken Sukhia, 40 (23.81%).
* Walter Dartland won the Democratic nomination for the 2nd Congressional District, and he also won locally, receiving 128 votes (54.70%) to Democratic opponent Steve Crapps’ 106 (45.30%).
* Former Florida State Senator Al Lawson won the Democratic nomination for the 5th Congressional District, and he also won the local vote, receiving 2,345 votes (79.49%) to Democratic opponent Corrine Brown’s 398 (13.49%) and LaShonda “L.J.” Holl’s 207 (7.02%). Lawson faces Republican candidate Gloreatha “Glo” Scurry-Smith in November’s general election.
* Jack Campbell won the Democratic nomination for State Attorney for the 2nd Judicial Circuit, which covers Jefferson to Franklin counties. Campbell also won the local vote, receiving 1,746 votes (58.34%) to Democratic opponent Sean T. Desmond’s 1,247 votes (41.66%). Campbell faces Republican Pete Williams in November. Finally, Colin Baron was elected the Republican committeeman for precinct 1 with 70 votes (67.96%) to Republican opponent William Burger’s 33 (32.04%); and Mae Eva Kyler was elected Democratic committeewoman for precinct 10, with 139 votes (62.33%) to Democratic opponent Gwenith L. Parrish’s 84 (37.67%). Jefferson County had a 54.50 percent turnout, which gave it the second highest voter turnout in the state. The only county that did better was Dixie, which had a 59 percent turnout.