Incumbents overwhelmingly defeated challengers in a low turnout election in Oconee County.
Sheriff Scott Berry got just less than 70 percent of the vote.
Incumbent Commissioner Mark Saxon got 72 percent.
Incumbent Board of Education Chairman Tom Odom got 74 percent of the vote, as did incumbent Coroner Ed Carson.
Mark Thomas got 72 percent of the vote in the race against Penny Mills for open Post 1 on the Board of Commissioners.
Sen. Bill Cowsert got 77 percent of the vote in the county.
Turnout was only 29 percent, based on results released tonight. The figures are for all 13 county precincts but have not yet been certified.
Sarah Bell, running against Mark Saxon for the Post 4 BOC position, along with Mills, had been critical of the activities of the Board of Commissioners, citing in particular what they called problems of openness and transparency.
They had spoken out at the two Candidate Forums against the proposed sewer pipeline down Calls Creek and criticized the Board for its handling of appointments to citizen committees, and specifically to the Animal Control Advisory Board.
Those criticisms weren’t accepted by the majority of the voters who went to the polls today or in early voting.
Saxon had been clear in his statement that the Board of Commissioners was providing strong leadership to the county.
Neither Saxon nor Thomas would say exactly how he would vote on the Calls Creek pipeline.
Sheriff Scott Berry was outspent by challenger Kevin “Chappy” Hynes, who said it was time for a change in the operation of the Sheriff’s Office.
Berry focused on his long service and the low crime rate in the county.
Dale Rogers said he would bring a new perspective to the Coroner’s Office resulting from his experience as a funeral director.
Britt Beaver said the Board of Education should be more involved in the day-to-day activities of the county's schools.
Pat Daugherty from Bishop challenged incumbent Bill Cowsert on the grounds that more women were needed in the General Assembly and that many of the legislators had lost touch with the citizens.
Voters rejected the arguments of the challengers in the Republican primary, which was where all of the action was on the Oconee County ballot.
Almost all of Oconee County’s voters chose the Republican ballot.
A total of 6,743 of the county’s 22,255 voters went to the polls either today or in early voting, and at least 6,389 of those used the Republican ballot.
Also elected today were a group of unchallenged candidates, most of whom will not have Democratic opposition in November.
Included was John Daniell, who received stepped down as commissioner to run for the BOC chair position, being vacated by retiring Melvin Davis.