After months of listening to candidates and their campaign platforms, Bell County voters had their turn to speak on Tuesday by going to the polls to cast ballots in the May Primary Election.
According to the unofficial results, incumbent Albey Brock won the Republican ticket by a landslide tally of 2,567 votes. David Allen Miracle had 657 votes, while Angela Jackson received 352 votes.
“I am humbled with the vote we got today,” said Brock. “Anytime you get the most votes on the ticket, that’s humbling to me. I appreciate my opponents running a clean race, and I know this fall, at least for my part, it will be ran cleanly.”
On the Democrat ticket, S. Bruce Hendrickson and Austin Redmon battled for the public’s votes. Hendrickson was chosen by democratic voters to take on Brock in the General Election. He received 1,562 votes, while Redmon took second place with 723 votes.
In the popular race for the vacant County Court Clerk seat, Debbie Turner Gambrel took the Republican ticket with 1,183 votes. Second place went to John D. Brock with 805 votes.
In the democratic race, the voters selected Charity Collett Hayes to run against her Republican Party opposition. She received 1,157 votes. Second place on the democratic ticket went to Joe A. Harris with 826 votes.
“I am so excited and humbled,” said Hayes about her nomination for the clerk’s position. “It’s been an honor to get to meet all the people in Bell County. I have a lot of good plans for this office and good plans for our county.”
Hayes also said she enjoyed spending time with all the candidates, both on the Democrat ticket and Republican ticket.
“I’ve made a lot of new friends with them and I hope to continue those friendships,” said Hayes.
In the race for Middlesboro Mayor, incumbent Bill Kelley had the most votes by a wide margin. He received 958 votes. Ben Hickman received 451 votes from the community.
Kelley credited Hickman for running a clean race.
Anthony Cloud can be contacted at 606-302-9090 or on Twitter @AnthonyCloudMDN.