By Kendal Groner
The results for the 2018 Unicoi County May 1 Republican Primary are as follows.
For Unicoi County Mayor, Garland “Bubba” Evely won the highest number of votes. Evely received 1,821 votes. Incumbent Greg Lynch received 1,301 votes.
For Unicoi County Sheriff, Michael K. Hensley received the highest number of votes. Hensley received 1,955 votes, Jimmy K. Erwin received 805 votes, and Robert Bryan Mccurry received 429 votes.
For Unicoi County Commission District 1, Loren Thomas, Jamie Harris and Marie Shelton Rice were the three candidates who received the highest number of votes and won seats on the panel. Thomas received 545 votes, Harris received 516 votes and Rice received 457 votes.
Other candidates Damon Wilson received 393 votes, Gene Wilson received 307 votes and Eddie Bolton received 272 votes.
For Unicoi County Commission District 2, Jason Harris, Glenn White and Matthew K. Rice were the three candidates who received the highest number of votes. Harris received 580 votes, White received 560 votes and Rice received 553 votes.
Other candidates Kenneth E. Garland received 371 votes and Michael H. Harris received 355 votes.
For Unicoi County Commission District 3, Todd Wilcox, Stephen Hendrix and John W. Mosley were the three candidates who received the highest number of votes. Wilcox received 707 votes, Hendrix received 520 votes, and Mosley received 413 votes.
Other candidates Bridget R Peters received 393 votes and Billy R. Harkins Jr. received 351 votes.
Paul Berry ran uncontested for County Trustee and received 2,898 votes. Darren C. Shelton ran uncontested for Circuit Court Clerk and received 2,842 votes. Mitzi Bowen ran uncontested for County Clerk and received 2,854 votes. Debbie McInturff Tittle ran uncontested for Register of Deeds and received 2,846 votes. Terry Haynes ran uncontested for Superintendent of Roads and received 2,761 votes. Arthur Metcalf ran uncontested for Constable in District 1 and received 857 votes. Wayne Edwards ran uncontested for Constable in District 2 and received 861 votes. Timmy Lewis ran uncontested for Constable in District 3 and received 874 votes.
In the Aug. 2 Unicoi County General Election, Evely, the winner of the Republican Primary race for county mayor, will face independent candidates John Day and Richard G. Preston.
In the race for seats on the County Commission in District 2, the winners of the May primary – Jason Harris, Glenn White and Matthew Rice – will face independent candidates Rob Martin and Lisa Brewington White.
The results of the May 1 primary are unofficial until they are certified by the Unicoi County Election Commission. For a full story of the primary, including interviews with winners, pick up a copy of the May 9 issue of The Erwin Record.