Bennett gets nod to keep sheriff’s post; Steele wins coroner’s race

Last updated: May 20. 2014 10:20PM - 894 Views
Reina P. Cunningham reinacunningham@civitasmedia.com

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The unofficial results are in from last night’s primary election show a November General Election contest for Bell County Jailer between Republican Bobby Valentine and Democrat Gary Ferguson.

The Republican candidates appearing on the ballot against Valentine on Tuesday included Katy Cox, Eddie Lee Farmer, Eddie Jones, Pam Lawson, John William Partin and Randy Venable.

Valentine compiled 1,168 votes to defeat Venable with 627 votes, Jones with 446, Partin with 340, Farmer with 270, Lawson with 195 and Cox with 172.

Challenging Ferguson for the democratic nomination were Jason Gregory, Doyle Halcomb and Bruce Mason.

Ferguson tallied 1,168 votes to defeat Gregory with 527, Mason with 412 and Halcomb with 411.

In the race for Bell County sheriff, incumbent democratic candidate Bruce Bennett received 1,730 votes to defeat William H. Allen who had 782 votes.

There were no Republican candidates for sheriff on the ballot.

The Republican candidates for coroner were Bill Bisceglia and incumbent Jay Steele. Steele recorded 2,042 votes to defeat Bisceglia who had 1,618 votes.

Steele was present at the Pineville Courthouse for the election results. He was appreciative of his supporters for allowing him to continue his service to the community.

“When I ran the last time I asked the voters if they gave me a chance to serve as coroner I would improve the office and we have,” said Steele. “I very much appreciate them giving me a second opportunity to continue to improve the coroner’s office.”

There were no democratic candidates for coroner.

Reina P. Cunningham may be reached at 606-302-9100.

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