Sole Commissioner Greg Hogan turned back a challenge by Howard Ensley in one of four contested local races in the GOP Primary in Murray County on Tuesday.
In the four-man race for sheriff, Deputy Chief Jimmy Davenport will face Dekota Boling in a runoff on Aug 11.
Probate Judge John Waters held office handily, outpolling Brett Morrison.
Greg Shoemaker retained his seat on the Murray County Board of Education with a runaway victory over Hunter Phillips and Greg Spivey.
No Democrats qualified in these races.
“I want to thank the people of this county for their faith in me and for putting me back to work for four more years,” said Hogan, who earned his second term as commissioner.
According to the unofficial tally, Hogan beat Ensley 4,052 votes to 3,078.
“Winning by one vote would have been good enough, but I appreciate the voters,” said Hogan.
Davenport was jubilant.
“I am excited, I feel extra loved by my community,” he said.
Davenport garnered 3,059 votes. That was approximately 42.8 percent of the vote, not enough to avoid a runoff.
Boling was second with 1,660.
Keith Prtichett received 1,362 votes. Brian Ingle got 1,065.
“We’re going to keep at it until the runoff,” he said.
Boling was also pleased with his performance.
“I’ll start campaigning tomorrow,” he said. “I’m going to get out there and reach out to those people who voted for the other candidates.”
Waters had an impressive day, receiving almost 70 percent of the votes in his race.
“I am almost unable to put a sentence together he said. “I’m truly humbled. I have an amazing staff and this is as much about them as it is about me.
Shoemaker could not be reached. He claimed 68.6 percent of the vote.
Murray County Election Supervisor Larry Sampson said balloting in the county went “pretty smoothly.” He said there some minor technical problems but those were fixed quickly. Voting was “steady all day,” Sampson said.