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Dillinger easily defeats Dabbs

Thursday, November 9, 2006

Incumbent Fulton County Sheriff Walter Dillinger has retained his position after winning Tuesday's general election.

In complete but unofficial totals, Dillinger received 2,805 votes (94 percent) to defeat write-in candidate Chuck Dabbs who received 185 votes (6 percent).

The Fulton County sheriff's race was the only contested countywide race during the election.

Dillinger said he and his family are thankful to the people of Fulton County for their support. "I'm glad people have confidence in me, and I promise to continue to work hard," Dillinger said.

There were two Fulton County justice of the peace seats up for grabs. Incumbent JP for District 6 Marjorie Rogers received 242 votes (56 percent) to defeat challenger Robert "Bob" Russell, who received 189 votes (44 percent). In the District 7 JP race, David Cunningham received 208 votes (56 percent) to defeat Tom Harris, who garnered 163 votes (44 percent).

There were three contested constable races in Fulton County. Garold "Butch" Blair received 464 votes (59 percent) to defeat opponents Richard "Dink" Hutchins and Clifford Pleasant, who received 130 votes (16 percent) and 195 votes (25 percent), respectively, in the Benton Union Township constable race.

In the Cleveland Township race, J. Dean Tharp received 46 votes (54 percent) to defeat M.L. "Mike" Hess, who collected 39 votes (46 percent).

In the Pleasant Ridge Township Wendall A. Lane received 137 votes (58 percent) to defeat Gerald Holloway, who received 98 votes (42 percent).

In the Mammoth Spring mayoral race incumbent Jean Pace received 246 votes (75 percent) to defeat challenger Darrell Dubois, who received 80 votes (25 percent).

Although there were no contested races for countywide office in Izard County, there were some heated municipal races.

In the Horseshoe Bend mayoral race Robert H. "Bob" Barnes received 483 votes (53 percent) to defeat opponents George Williamson and George Florea, who totalled 151 votes (16 percent) and 285 votes (31 percent), respectively.

In the Horseshoe Bend alderman race for Ward 1 Position 1, Merlyn "Smiley" Lenhard collected 65 votes (60 percent) to defeat David Seibert, who received 44 votes (40 percent). Darryl Demm received 158 votes (57 percent) to defeat Barbara Bell, who received 117 votes (43 percent) in Ward 2 Position 1.

In Ward 2 Position 2 there will be an runoff between Walter Mettler who gathered 113 votes (40 percent) and Lee Mears, who received 120 votes (43 percent). Colby Anderson received 49 votes (17 percent).

In the Oxford mayoral race incumbent Mayor Mike J. Warden garnered 192 votes (78 percent) to defeat Earl Junior Ogle, who received 54 votes (22 percent).

In the only Oxford alderman race, Russell Keith Sherrell received 108 votes (53 percent) to defeat Brandon Steven Gilbert, who received 92 votes (47 percent) for Ward 4 Position 1.

In the Melbourne mayoral race, incumbent Mike Cone received 362 votes (56 percent) to defeat challenger Shannon Womack with 282 votes (44 percent).

In the Franklin mayoral race, Johnny Walker received 64 votes (71 percent) to defeat Darlene Folyer, who garnered 26 votes (29 percent).

In Calico Rock there were three contested alderman seats. In Ward 1 Position 1 David Blankenship received 168 votes (58 percent) to defeat Douglas Rasmussen, who received 120 votes (42 percent). In Ward 2 Position 1 Cindy Wildhagen received 184 votes (64 percent) to defeat Lance Whiteaker, who received 105 votes (36 percent). In Ward 4 Position 1 Paul Killian totalled 169 votes (58 percent) to defeat Steven Marsee, who collected 121 votes (42 percent).

The only other contested race in Izard County was for constable in the Jefferson Township. Incumbent James Griffin retained his position by receiving 747 votes (99 percent) to defeat write-in candidate Paula Payne, who received 7 votes (1 percent).

In Sharp County, precinct totals were still being verified into the morning hours Wednesday. The Sharp County Clerk's Office released what it called "very, very unofficial" totals shortly before midnight.

One race -- for mayor of Ash Flat -- was still in question, with a margin of only 2 votes separating incumbent Mayor Brien Nix Hall from challenger Danny Traw. Traw's 4-vote margin in Sharp County was offset by Hall's 2-vote margin in the Fulton County portion of the city.

Democrat Larry Brown defeated independent candidate Wayne Long in the race for Sharp County judge with 62 percent of the vote.

Brown, former superintendent of the Cave City School District, defeated Long, a farmer and part-time employee of Lyon College, 3,420 to 2,126 (38 percent). Brown served eight years as a Sharp County justice of the peace. Long served 10 years on the Quorum Court.

Cherokee Village will have a new mayor take over in January. Challenger Lloyd Hefley defeated Mayor Ray Maynard for the top position in the city.

Hefley captured 875 votes (58 percent) to Maynard's 628 (42 percent).

Phyllis J. Endrihs defeated city Clerk/treasurer Susan Maynard with a vote of 970 (65 percent) to 517 (35 percent).

In the Ward 3 Position 2 council seat Verna Mae Newman defeated June Chelsvig by a vote of 834 (61 percent) to 535 (39 percent).

Ward 4 Position 2 Alderman Peter Martin retained his seat on the council by defeating Jeremy Stevens by a vote of 751 (57 percent) to 576 (43 percent).

Hardy will have a runoff election to determine the city's new mayor.

Former Recorder/treasurer Nina Thornton received 141 votes (47 percent) while business owner Greg Bess received 114 (38 percent) and Alderman Chad Wiles received 43 (14 percent). Mayor Louie Seibert did not run for re-election.

Jack V. Huffmaster won the seat of alderman for Ward 1 Position 2 with 52 percent of the vote. Huffmaster captured 153 votes, Connie Bradley 74 votes (25 percent) and Melanie Dietsche 65 votes (22 percent).

Nathan W. Circle will take the Ward 2 Position 1 seat on the council in January. Circle defeated James Herbst by a vote of 149 (53 percent) to 134 (47 percent).

Cave City Mayor Carl Johnson will serve another term in office after capturing 66 percent of the vote.

His challenger, Norman Kraiger, received 140 votes (34 percent) to Johnson's 270.

Paul Wayne Johnson defeated Eddie D. Johnson for the Ward 3 Position 2 seat on the council. Paul Wayne Johnson received 274 votes (68 percent) to Eddie D. Johnson's 127 votes (32 percent).

Evening Shade Mayor Lonnie A. Haley defeated challenger Henry Rivers for another term in office. Haley received 84 votes (56 percent) to Rivers' 66 votes (44 percent).

Randy McComas kept his title as county coroner, defeating challenger Doug Wortham by a vote of 3,539 (67 percent) to 1,720 (33 percent). Wortham is currently stationed in Kuwait.

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