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Harden wins re-election, Sells tops Newton in county

Butler County Sheriff Kenny Harden flashes a smile after learning he had won re-election. Harden garnered 1,963 votes (64.76 percent), while challenger Thomas Hallford received 1,068 votes (35.23 percent). (Advocate Staff/Andy Brown)

Butler County Sheriff Kenny Harden flashes a smile after learning he had won re-election. Harden garnered 1,963 votes (64.76 percent), while challenger Thomas Hallford received 1,068 votes (35.23 percent). (Advocate Staff/Andy Brown)

Sheriff Kenny Harden won a third term in office Tuesday night by claiming the Butler County Democratic primary.

Harden garnered 1,963 votes (64.76 percent), while challenger Thomas Hallford received 1,068 votes (35.23 percent).

Harden won all but one precinct. Hallford carried the Friendship Community.

 

House of Representatives District 90

Chris Sells garnered 904 votes (54.88 percent), while incumbent Charles Newton received 743 votes (45.11 percent). District 90 covers all of Butler and Crenshaw Counties, as well as parts of Conecuh County, Coffee County and Montgomery County. Final results for the District 90 race were not available at press time.

 

Board of Education District 1

Michael Nimmer won the District 1 seat on the Butler County Board of Education by defeating Debra Gayle Scott in Tuesday’s primary.

Nimmer received 309 votes (57.11 percent) to Scott’s 232 votes (42.88 percent).

 

Board of Education District 2

Incumbent Terry Williams claimed 63.31 percent of the vote to win another term as the District 2 representative for the Butler County Board of Education.

Williams received 340 votes to challenger Dale Gates’ 197 votes (36.68).

 

Board of Education District 4

Incumbent Linda Hamilton garnered 400 votes (54.86 percent) to earn another term on the Butler County Board of Education. She defeated District 4 challengers Trina Simmons (85 votes, 11.65 percent) and Dee Dee Womack (244 votes, 33.47 percent).

 

Board of Education District 5

Incumbent Mickey Jones edged out challenger Julius “Red” Pugh to earn the District 5 seat on the Butler County Board of Education.

Jones received 368 votes (50.96 percent), while Pugh garnered 354 votes (49.03 percent).

 

Coroner

Incumbent Wayne Garlock received 71.29 percent of the vote to earn another term as Butler County Coroner.

He garnered 2,039 votes to Ollie Scott’s 821 (28.70 percent).

 

Senate District 23

Incumbent Hank Sanders received 1,809 votes to win Butler County. Sanders won 68.34 percent of the vote, while challenger Robert Green received 838 votes (31.65).

 

Governor

Incumbent Robert Bentley received 1,493 votes in Butler County to 71 for Stacy Lee George and 56 for Bob Starkey on the Republican ticket.

Parker Griffith carried Butler County on the Democratic ticket with 1,629 votes, while Kevin Bass received 718 votes.

 

Lt. Governor

Incumbent Kay Ivery received 1,115 votes (73.24 percent) to Stan Cooke’s 422 votes (26.75) in Butler County.

 

Secretary of State

Former Montgomery County Probate Judge Reese McKinney received 709 votes (49.61) to carry Butler County. Crenshaw County Probate Judge Jim Perdue received 454 votes (31.77) and John Merrill received 266 votes (18.61).