Gomillion wins circuit clerk race

Published 10:10 pm Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Mattie Gomillion received 6,243 votes to Ronnie Graddy’s 3,038 votes to win the race for Butler County Circuit Clerk. (Advocate Staff/Andy Brown)

When the final totals flashed up on the screen Tuesday night, Mattie Gomillion breathed a sigh of relief.

The numbers revealed that Gomillion will serve as Butler County’s next circuit clerk after she defeated Republican Ronnie Graddy. She will replace Allen Stephenson who chose not to seek re-election after 17 years in office.

“It’s such a relief,” Gomillion said. “I’m very blessed. To say I’m blessed is really an understatement.”

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Gomillion, who earned the Democratic nomination by defeating Jason Simmons in March, received more than 67 percent of the votes in Tuesday’s election.

“I was surprised by how much of a lead it was,” she said. “I really want to thank everyone that helped me campaign and all the people that got out and voted. I’m really happy that the voter turnout was as high as it was.”

Gomillion received 6,243 votes to Graddy’s 3,038 votes (32 percent).

Gomillion has been working as a court specialist in the Butler County Circuit Clerk’s Office. Prior to joining the Butler County Circuit Clerk’s Office in 2000, Gomillion spent two years working in the Conecuh County Circuit Clerk’s Office.