Four of six BOC seats now determined; Martin downs Jones in U.S. Senate runoff
John Pethel Sr. will remain in his District 2 commissioner’s seat through 2010.
The incumbent defeated former commissioner Johnny Fitzpatrick 379-266 (58.8 to 41.2 percent) in the Republican primary runoff.
“I greatly appreciate the support of the voters and I feel like the people of District 2 want fair and honest government and they selected the one they felt could give them that service,” said Pethel. “We have a good board and a good chairman. And I truly feel we’re headed for a new day and that we’ll see some positive change.”
Four of the six posts at the BOC table have now been decided. On July 15, Anthony Dove defeated long-time chairman Wesley Nash. District 1 incumbent Stanley Thomas edged Jason Sartain. Pethel held onto his seat. And Mike Youngblood ran unopposed in District 3.
The District 4 and 5 seats are still up for grabs. In District 4, Republican incumbent Wesley Jordan lost to Dewitt Bond, who will face Democrat Melvin Drake. Republican incumbent Bruce Scogin narrowly edged Jim Escoe in District 5. He will now face Democrat Cathy Livesay in November.
In the Democratic runoff for the U.S. Senate race Tuesday, Jim Martin defeated Vernon Jones. In Madison County Martin received 258 votes to 94 for Jones.