Officials predicted about 33 percent voter turnout Tuesday in Burke County with races to decide two judgeships and two seats on the county school board.For the seat of retiring State Court Judge George W. Fryhofer, Edward J. Grunewald and Jerry Daniel are set for a runoff in August. Mr. Grunewald received 1,274 votes, or 39.7 percent. Mr. Daniel received 1,174 votes, or 36.5 percent. Jack Cox garnered only 764 votes.
"I'm happy I got the votes I got," Mr. Grunewald said. "We'll start working tomorrow on the runoff, see what happens."
In the Democratic primary for chief magistrate, incumbent Alma Tuff lost to Curt St. Germaine. Mr. St. Germaine received 1,605 votes, or 51 percent. Mrs. Tuff garnered 1,542 votes, or 49 percent. He will not face a Republican contender in November.
In the two contested county school board races, new District 3 member Clay Walden beat Robert Stokes with 60 percent of the votes. Mr. Walden received 517 votes to Mr. Stokes' 338.
In District 4, Greg Chandler was headed into an August runoff with Clinton Bates. Mr. Chandler received 307 votes, or 40 percent, to Mr. Bates' 221 votes, or 28.8 percent. Fred Beauman received 103 votes, Joanne Dixon received 54 votes, and Raybourne Lane garnered 85 votes.
"We're going again," Mr. Chandler said. "That is not unexpected with that many people in the race."
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