Despite technical glitches, Alachua County has reported unofficial results from all precincts with more than 24.9 percent voter turnout.
Almost three hours after polls closed, results were finally reported after four precincts had to drive in memory sticks to the Supervisor of Elections office to be counted. Precincts 17, 20, 25 and 53 were unable to send in results via modem, according to Pam Carpenter, Alachua County Supervisor of Elections.
Other unofficial results reported winners of county commissioner and state representative:
- State Representative District 10: Elizabeth Porter (Republican), Jerry Lawrence Bullard (Democrat)
- State Representative District 21: Chuck Clemons (Republican)
Some of the biggest primary races determined include the Alachua County Sheriff’s race, in which incumbent sheriff Sadie Darnell beat out Zac Zedalis for the Democratic nomination. Darnell will face Republican candidate Jack Jacobs, a former lieutenant in the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office, in the general election in November.
One of the closet races many were watching was the County Commissioner District 1 race between Mike Byerly and Kevin Thorpe, with Byerly winning with just over 52 percent of the vote.
County Commissioner Robert Hutchinson will keep his District 3 seat, beating Democratic opponent Larry McDaniel. He will face write-in candidate Susan Payne Bliss in the general election.
Non-partisan races, in which voters registered for any party could vote, included supervisor of elections and School Board District 2. Eileen Roy, current school board member, kept her seat in District 2.
Kim Barton will take over as supervisor of elections in January. She will be the county’s first African American to hold that position. Retiring supervisor of elections Pam Carpenter said, “I’ve been so fortunate to be a part of so many historical things here in Alachua County during my term as Supervisor, and this is just another one. Seeing Kim elected as supervisor of elections and what that represents is just… it’s fabulous.”
Voters approved Constitutional Amendment 4, which is expected to expand the use of solar energy in Florida. The amendment expands a residential renewable energy tax break to commercial and industrial properties.
Marco Rubio also won the GOP nomination to run for a second term in Senate with more than 80 percent of votes and the Democrat’s nomination went to Patrick Murphy.