Bond prevails, coroner’s race tight

Published 9:21 am Thursday, November 8, 2018

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It’s every American’s right to vote in elections and it’s safe to say the citizens of Butler County exercised their rights Tuesday in the 2018 General Election.

A total of 24 voting precincts are scattered throughout Butler County. Tuesday, there was an estimated 25 to 30 percent increase in voter turnout at each.

According to Butler County Probate Judge Steve Norman, more the 50 percent of registered voters in Butler County participated in the election. While working to sort votes from each precinct Tuesday night, Norman also celebrated a victory over independent opponent Paul Mitchell for another term as Probate Judge with a count of 4,528 to 937.

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Greenville Police Department Lt. Danny Bond came away as the victor over City of Georgiana Police Chief Carlton Cook in a highly contested Butler County Sheriff’s race. Unofficially, Bond defeated Cook with 4,582 votes to 3,045.

“I want to thank each and every person who supported me through this campaign,” Bond said Tuesday night. “I also want to thank Carlton for running a clean race. My main goal as sheriff is to work for the people of this county. That’s what I’ll be doing the first day I take over in January.”

The most interesting race of the night was in the coroner’s race with Ollie Scott running unopposed. However, write-in candidate Wayne Garlock appeared to have received a majority of the voters’ support Tuesday night.

Unofficially, the write-in candidate leads Scott 3,719 to 3,481. Scott defeated Garlock in the Primary Election in June. The official winner will not be named for seven days following the election.

Other winners in the General Election were incumbent Mattie Gomillion in the Butler County Circuit Clerk’s race. She defeated independent candidate Robert Blankenship by an unofficial vote count of 4,425 to 1,118. Chris Sells defeated Joan Whetstone by an unofficial vote count of 4,550 to 3,140 in Butler County for Alabama House of Representatives District 90.

Here’s how the statewide races turned out, and how Butler County voted in each:

  • Governor – Kay Ivey (R): 1,019,558, Walt Maddox (D): 691,671. Butler County: Ivey – 4,790, Maddox – 3,348


  • Lt. Governor – Will Ainsworth (R): 1,042,032, Will Boyd (D): 657,220. Butler County – Ainsworth: 4,592, Boyd: 3,398


  • Attorney General – Steve Marshall (R): 1,001,621, Joseph Siegelman (D): 699,988. Butler County – Marshall: 4,279, Siegelman: 3,756


  • Chief Justice of the Supreme Court – Tom Parker (R): 972,776, Bob Vance (D): 720,272.  Butler County – Parker: 4,318, Vance: 3,604


  • Secretary of State – John Merrill: 1,029,584, Heather Milam: 655,764. Butler County – Merrill: 4,476, Milam: 3,361


  • State Auditor- Jim Zeigler (R): 1,015,662, Miranda Karrine Joseph (D): 662,897. Butler County – Zeigler: 4,407, Joseph: 3,389


  • Amendment No. 1 – Yes: 1,091,181, No: 431,568. Butler County – Yes: 4,985, No: 2,046


  • Amendment No. 2 – Yes: 913,224, No: 634,122. Butler County – Yes: 4,084, No: 2,954



  • Amendment No. 3 – Yes: 832,940, No: 548,387. Butler County – Yes: 4,563, No: 1,711


  • Amendment No. 4 – Yes: 970,817, No: 497,181. Butler County – Yes: 4,182, No: 2,543