County votes weak

Published 7:29 pm Monday, June 9, 2008

By By Lisa Tindell – news editor
Less than 16 percent of the 21,459 registered voters in Escambia County made it to the polls during last Tuesday's primary according to Escambia County Probate Judge Emilie Mims.
Mims said the interest in Tuesday's primary was very low which resulted in fewer people going to the polls.
County and state funds pay poll workers required to be at the polls while they are open, Mims said.
With 30 polls stretched out across the county, each polling place requires at least four workers at each location.
In Tuesday's primary, Todd Williamson lost his seat as County Commissioner for District 2 to Raymond Wiggins. Wiggins will face independent candidate Norman Miller in the November general election.
A breakdown of race results for the County Commission District 2 seat, voting went as follows:
Dixie Volunteer Fire Department:
Wiggins - 17
Williamson - 10
Bethel Roberts:
Wiggins - 47
Williamson - 18
Senior Citizen Center:
Wiggins - 289
Williamson - 273
Riverview town Hall:
Wiggins - 130
Williamson - 53
Brewton Community Center:
Wiggins - 73
Williamson - 48
Bradley-Rock Creek:
Wiggins - 65
Williamson - 7
Damascus-Boykin School:
Wiggins - 127
Williamson - 91
Appleton VFD:
Wiggins - 48
Williamson - 17
Rock Hill-Ridge Road VFD:
Wiggins - 107
Williamson - 80
Absentee Voters:
Wiggins - 21
Williamson - 51
In the race for Escambia County School Board District 1, incumbent Michael Goolsby defeated challenger Byron Palmer. Goolsby will face republican candidate Lawton Shipp in the November general election.
A breakdown of race results for the Escambia Count School Board District 1 seat is as follows:
Dixie VFD:
Goolsby - 15
Palmer - 9
Bethel Roberts:
Goolsby - 36
Palmer - 27
Senior Citizen Center:
Goolsby - 266
Palmer - 234
Riverview Town Hall:
Goolsby - 122
Palmer - 53
Brewton Community Center:
Goolsby - 49
Palmer - 24
Bradley-Rock Creek:
Goolsby - 34
Palmer - 31
Appleton VFD:
Goolsby - 8
Palmer - 5
Rock Hill-Ridge Road VFD:
Goolsby - 6
Palmer - 4
Absentee Voters:
Goolsby - 18
Palmer - 41
In other races in the county, Escambia County Commission District 4 found incumbent William H. Brown being defeated by newcomer, Brandon Smith for the democratic nomination for the seat.
At the end of the vote count, Kevin O'Neil McKinley defeated James (Junior) Hall to secure the republican nomination for the seat.
In a breakdown of votes:
County Commission District 2
Wiggins - 924 Williamson - 648
Escambia County School Board District 1
Goolsby - 622 Palmer - 503
Then general election is scheduled for Nov. 4 and will determine the winner in both County Commission and School Board races as well as the office of president.