McKnight scores blowout re-election win

Marion County sheriff captures 85% of Republican Primary vote

Bob Palmer
Jimplecute Editor

Marion County Sheriff David McKnight swept to re-election Tuesday with a 1,403-233 vote in the Republican Party Primary over challenger David Quada Jr.

McKnight is unopposed in the General Election.

“I highly appreciate all of the support I received,” McKnight said Tuesday night.

Another happy camper Tuesday was Marion County Republican Chairman James Parsons.

In the Primary elections, 1,739 Marion County residents voted in the Republican Primary. In the Democratic Primary 560 voted.

“I would just say I am very pleased with the voter turnout,” Parsons said. “The results
speak for themselves.”

Marion County Clerk Vicki Smith said Election Day went smoothly.

“We had a couple of people who discovered after they had received their ballots, that they were unable to vote in the races that they wanted to,” Smith said. “The judges and workers at the polls knew what to do and handled it.”

Smith said she was at a loss to explain why only about 25 percent of the county’s almost 7,000 registered voters cast a ballot in the election.

In other local races, District Attorney Angela “Angie” Smoak, Pct. 1 Commissioner
J.R. Ashley, Pct. 3 Commissioner Glenn Dorough and Pct. 1 Constable David Capps were unopposed in the Republican Primary.

In the Democratic Party Primary, County Tax Assessor-Collector Karen Jones, Pct. 3 commissioner candidate Eddie Burns Sr., and Pct. 2 Constable Tashia N. Wilson were

Burns will face Dorough in the November General Election for the Pct. 3 Commissioner seat.

Presidential Primary
Only 20 votes separated US Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas from brash challenger Donald Trump in the Marion County Republican Party Primary.

Cruz scored 714 votes for 41.75 percent of the votes cast to Trump’s 694 or 40.58 percent. Marco Rubio polled 8.6 percent.

In the Democratic Primary Hillary Clinton easily carried Marion County with 76.13 percent of the votes cast. Bernie Sanders received 22.24 percent.

In the Republican Primary contest for State Senator, Bryan Hughes edged David Simpson with 41.72 percent of the vote to Simpson’s 37.33 percent.

Hughes and Simpson will face each other in a May 24 runoff. Simpson barely edged James “Red” Brown by only 13 votes across the district to make the runoff.


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