Ron Johnson and Hunter Bicknell are headed to a run-off election Aug. 5 in their bid for the chairmanship of the Jackson County Board of Commissioners.
Bicknell led the way with 42 percent of the vote to Johnson’s 31 percent and Tony Beatty’s 28 percent.
County-wide, only 25 percent of voters turned out for the election.
Johnson said Wednesday that he feels confident that his supporters will go back to the polls for the run-off on Aug. 5.
“I feel blessed with the people who I have working with me,” Johnson said. “They have stood behind me with this. We have a group of people who are going to come back out. We have a strong group of farmers and senior citizens.”
Bicknell also offered thanks to his supporters as he looked ahead to the run-off.
“I’m just really appreciative to all my supporters and the voters who turned out and voted for me,” he said. “We could never have pulled off the first place finish without a lot of people being involved. I feel very good. Coming in first in a three-man race…I think it is a good sign. I know we have a lot of work ahead of us. We are anxious to get started on the work for the run-off.”
In other results, Sheriff Stan Evans overwhelmingly defeated challenger Jim Keinard with 78 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s election.
In the East Jackson Area, Chas Hardy upset incumbent Jody Thompson for a seat on the Jackson County Board of Commissioners. In Central Jackson, incumbent BOC member Tom Crow defeated Amanda Spivey.
For more details and a precinct listing of results, see the July 16, 2008 edition of The Jackson Herald.
07/17/08 at 01:03 PM
Jackson County lost a good opportunity to have a Experienced Chairman by not electing Mr. Beatty. I believe his guidance throug the next few tough years would have been a great benefit to all jackson county citizens. He spent a reasonable amount of money for a part time position. But, he didn't run the kind of campaign that you have to run nowadays. His support will probably decide who our next Chairman is, since he carried 6 precients. I look forward to who he endorses.
08/01/08 at 01:36 PM
From what I have seen and read I believe that he is supporting Mr. Johnson