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Tri-County Election Results
Story and Photos
By Jeff M. Hardison © Aug. 26, 2014
Updated Aug. 27, 2014
Updated Aug. 30, 2014

      TRI-COUNTY AREA -- The unofficial results in Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist counties show all of the races are finished, but some of these races were to just choose the Republican candidates for the November general election.

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LevElect082614G. Rock Meeks and Lilly Rooks are seen moments before the final unofficial tally arrived at the Levy County Supervisor of Elections' office. They both won by very narrow margins to be the Republican candidates in Levy County's two County Commission races in November. Even after the recount these are the Republican candidates.

     There was finality in the School Board race in Gilchrist County, the School Board race in Dixie County and the Dixie County Judge race. There were Republicans picked in two County Commission races in Levy County, one in Gilchrist County and one in Dixie County.

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Ryan Bell and Chad Johnson visit with supporters in Bronson as the election results arrived.

LEVY COUNTY
      With 21.53 percent of the 25,719 registered voters in Levy County casting ballots, one County Commission race was decided by a difference of 25 votes and another race had a mere 38-vote difference.
      The Republican contender in November for Levy County Commission District 2 is Rock Meeks, who garnered 50.55 percent of the vote with a net of 1,739 votes. Chad Johnson had 49.45 percent of the votes with a count of 1,701 votes. Therefore Meeks will face Robert Studstill, an Independent, in November.

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(from left) Levy County Deputy Kanesha Carnegie, Williston Mayor R. Gerald Hethcoat (and a deacon at First Baptist Church of Bronson), Pastor Jeff Buchanan of First Baptist Church of Bronson and Wilbur Dean watch results at the church.

      The Republican contender in November for Levy County Commission District 4 is Lilly Rooks. She got 1,726 votes in comparison with Ryan Bell, who had 1,721 votes.
     Therefore Rooks will face Jamie Griffin, a Democrat, in November.
     With the closeness of the race, there is a potential for a different outcome.
     Provisional ballots have until tomorrow -- Thursday, Aug. 28, at 5 p.m. -- to be cured and presented to the Canvassing Board. After Provisional Ballots have been counted it will be determined if a recount is required, Supervisor of Elections Tammy Jones said on Wednesday.

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Levy County Canvassing Board (from left) County Judge James T. 'Tim' Browning, Supervisor of Elections Tammy Jones and County Commissioner Danny Stevens pause for a moment. County Commissioner John Meeks, the alternate member of the Canvassing Board granted a request to be in the photo.

      Supervisor of Elections Jones and staff accommodated people on Tuesday evening if they wanted to watch returns as they came in. A traditional method of projecting results on the outer wall of the office was revised so that people could see them on a big screen in the First Baptist Church or in the outer office of the Supervisor of Elections office.
      A bit of rain shortly after 7 p.m. drove most people toward the church.

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Angela Quincey Johnson holds a sign to support her husband's campaign to be re-elected Tuesday morning.

     Jones, like her colleagues in Gilchrist County and Dixie County – Supervisor of Elections Connie Sanchez and Supervisor of Elections Startlet Cannon respectively, placed a link on the home page of her website so that everyone with an Internet connection could see the numbers quickly.
      All four candidates Meeks, Johnson, Rooks and Bell watched the results come in. The races were neck-and-neck from start to finish.

GILCHRIST COUNTY

      There were 25. 2 percent of the 11,073 registered voters in Gilchrist County who exercised this right in the primary election.

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Gilchrist County Supervisor of Elections Connie Sanchez pauses for one second for a photo opportunity on Tuesday morning.

      County Commissioner D. Ray Harrison Jr. beat Richard Fuller 893 to 794 to win the Republican nomination for District 2. Harrison will contend against John Yencho, a Democrat, in November.
      The District 4 Gilchrist County Commission race between Marion C. Poitevint, a Republican, and John Rance Thomas, a Democrat, is set for the voters to decide in November too.
      Christie L. McElroy trounced Cloud Haley with a tally of 1,890 votes to 867 in the non-partisan School Board, District 1, race. Therefore, McElroy is the incoming Gilchrist County School Board member for District 1.

DIXIE COUNTY
      Dixie County showed a relatively healthy turnout, with 36.57 of its 9,865 registered voters casting ballots.

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Dixie County Supervisor of Elections Starlet Cannon enjoys her relatively new office as she answers phone calls and accommodates a photographer on Tuesday.

      The closest race was for Dixie County Judge. Jennifer Ellison took the win with a 50.22 percent majority over Cynthia Munkittrick's 49.78 percent. The 16-vote difference showed Ellison at 1,799 and Munkittrick at 1,783.
      Chuck Farmer retains his School Board, District 2 seat after a sound triumph. Farmer’s 64.37 percent of the vote (2,251 votes) gave him the win over Jane Boyd’s 35.63 percent (1,246 votes).

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Dixie County Judge Cynthia Munkittrick (center) campaigns next to U.S. Highway 19 in Cross City on Tuesday as her daughter Natasha Allen and her son-in-law Patrick Allen join her. Judge Munkittrick did not spend as much money as candidate Jennifer Ellison, but she put her whole heart into her campaign.

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Jennifer Ellison (seated) pauses for a photo opportunity with Lisa Edmonds at the Taste of Dixie Diner in Cross City on Aug. 2.



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