November 6, 2008

Winn, Clatt Claim Wins in Tight Local Races

Scotland County voters came out in mass on Tuesday, and the 68.3% voter turnout generated a pair of highly contested races for local offices.

Incumbent Wayne Winn edged Deputy Bryan Whitney in a three-horse race for Scotland County Sheriff. The Republican received 915 votes to best Whitney. Whitney actually led the race initially after the East and West Jefferson districts were tallied along with the absentee votes. But Winn rallied outside of Memphis taking 3 to 1 advantages in Gorin and Rutledge to win re-election. Whitney, the Democrat candidate received 794 votes while independent candidate Mark Drummond received 402 votes.

In the eastern district, voters elected a new commissioner.

Deny Clatt will take the office previously held by Win Hill. The republican earned 682 votes to defeat Democrat Charles E. “Chipper” Harris with 408 votes. Hill did not seek re-election.

The other contested race on the county ballot was for assessor where incumbent Jim Ward, a Republican, held on to his office, defeating Democrat Jerry Grubb 1,341 to 734.

Click here for all of the Scotland County Election Results

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