With the May 23 primary behind him, Larry Brown is already gearing up for the November election in which he'll face off against independent candidate Wayne Long to be the next Sharp County judge.
Brown won the Democratic nomination by defeating Marc Goings by a vote of 2,107 (57.4 percent) to 1,565 (42.6 percent).
"I appreciate everyone's support," Brown said. "I thank Marc for running a clean race and focusing on the issues. I think we both had the best interest of the county at heart."
Brown won 16 precincts, including Cave City where he worked as superintendent of the Cave City School District until he announced his retirement. Since that time, he has been working as assistant superintendent.
Brown, who served eight years as JP, had 465 votes from the Cave City precinct while Goings received 46.
"I especially want to thank the voters in Cave City," Brown said. "I've worked in Cave City since 1973 and in that time I'm sure I've made some decisions not everyone liked. Their 90 percent vote means a lot to me."
Goings, a local businessman who served 10 years as JP, won nine precincts, including Cherokee Village, and the vote of early and absentee voters. Goings earned 389 votes in Cherokee while Brown had 219. In the early voting Goings had 308 votes while Brown had 285.
The former superintendent of Cave City School District said he likes to work with others to solve problems and wants to make a difference.
One of the primary issues in the county is rising energy costs, he said. While county residents are feeling the strain, so is county government, he said. To make the best of a bad situation, Brown said the county needs to set a budget and stick to it like residents are having to do. He also said private investment should be encouraged to provide emergency care to Sharp County residents.
Brown still has another race in front of him in the general election. He will face Long, a seasoned challenger who has run for judge in the previous two elections.
The general election will be Nov. 7.