Voters decide McDuffie, Warren, Lincoln county races

A number of political races were settled across the region Tuesday.


Incumbent McDuffie County Comm­issioner Paul McCorkle defeated challenger Gloria Thompson for the District 2 A seat, 1,179 votes to 1,083. Incumbent Bill Jopling won his race against challenger Ray Silverstein, 1,770 to 459, for the District 2 B seat.

Greg Derry defeated Bob Smith, 1,504 to 1,296, for the school board’s super District 2 seat.

Tinye Harding defeated Andy Knox Sr. for the District 5 school board seat, 596-433. District 6 school board member Dexter Lovins held on to his seat with 598 votes to challenger Wayne Shelton’s 256.

For coroner, Democrat Ed Lewis and Republican Foster Wylie will face off in November after Wylie defeated Paul Johnson, 1,866 to 964.

In Warren County, incumbents generally did well. Sheriff Joe Peebles defeated challenger Ricky Tarver, 1,014 to 430.

Clerk of Court Shirley Cheeley garnered 922 votes to Duncan Davis’ 521 to stay in office.

In the Board of Education race, District 3 incumbent Charles Culver beat Gena Price, 157-153, while Cecil Brown topped Alton Johnson, 181-166, in District 5 voting.

In Lincoln County, voters approved both Sunday sales of alcohol by the drink and Sunday alcohol package sales. The by-the-drink sales vote was 1,520 to 1,244, and the package sales measure was 1,526 to 1,244.

Lincoln County Sheriff Gerald Lawson held his seat against GOP challenger Mike Arrington, 1,287 to 945, and will face Democrat Bruce Beggs in November.

In contested county commission races, GOP incumbent Wade Johnson beat Earnest R. Doss Jr. for chairman, 1,136 to 1,078. In District 3, incumbent Cooper Cliatt defeated Maurice W. Cadden, 326-91, and challenger Richard Brown topped incumbent Arthur Robinson, 482-280, in county commission District 4.

In Wilkes County, Chief Magistrate Judge Reginald Lee Martin turned back Charles Rhodes Jr. by a vote of 1,362 to 746. County EMA Director Blake Thompson defeated Reginald Jones for coroner, 831-303.



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