Primaries prove tough for several Butler Co. incumbents

Published 11:40 am Thursday, June 7, 2018

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The primary elections in Butler County proved to be a tough outing for a few incumbent candidates.

Democrat and current Sheriff Kenny Harden was defeated by Georgiana Police Chief Carlton Cook by over 700 votes.

Ollie Scott defeated current coroner Wayne Garlock by a little under 100 votes. That race was also on the democratic ticket.

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Cook has been the police chief in Georgiana for the last year. Harden has served as the Butler County Sheriff for several terms.

The votes began coming in at around 8 p.m. Tuesday night and the last box was counted at 9 p.m.

Cook took the lead when the Dunbar box came in as the ninth box counted out of 24. He took the lead by a little over 200 votes.

With 16 boxes out of 24 in, Cook’s lead became insurmountable at 1,339 votes to 808.

Cook will now go on to face Republican Danny Bond in the general election in November as the Democratic candidate for Sheriff.

Family members and friends were in attendance at the Butler County Courthouse annex to celebrate with Cook and Scott when their win was officially announced.

The total number of ballots cast in the primary elections in Butler County was 5,201. Democrat votes totaled at 3,466 and Republican votes totaled at 1,735. There are a little over 14,000 registered voters in Butler County.

In the United States Democrat Representative 2nd Congressional District race, Martha Roby edged out Bobby Bright by a little over 200 votes.


Here are the primary results from other races around the state:


Governor (Dem.)

Walt Maddox- 1,357

Sue Bell Cobb- 1,078


Governor  (Repub.)

Tommy Battle- 313

Scott Dawson- 209

Kay Ivey- 1,184


US 2nd Congressional District (Dem.)

Tabitha Isner- 1,752

Audri Scott Williams- 779


U.S. Rep 2nd Congressional District (Repub.)

Martha Roby- 793

Bobby Bright- 547



Attorney General (Dem.)

Chris Christie- 1,533

Joseph Siegelman- 1,165


Attorney General (Repub.)

Troy King- 749

Chess Bedsole- 388


Secretary of  State (Dem.)

Lula Albert “SGM Ret”- 771

Heather Milam- 1,606


Secretary of State (Repub.)

John H Merrill 1,068

Michael Jognson- 331


Butler Co. Sheriff

Carlton Cook- 2,133

Kenny Harden- 1,315


Butler County Coroner

Wayne Garlock- 1,568

Ollie Scott- 1,673


State Democrat Executive Committee

Beulah Cook- 1,954

Valerie Stevens- 651