Republican Jackson County Sheriff Candidates Curtis Lambert and Jimmy Hodgins will be heading into the primary runoff election on Tuesday, July 15. The winner of the runoff election will run against Democrat Chip Hall in the November election who secured his place on the November ticket with 1,559 votes.
During the May primary election, nine candidates filed to run for sheriff including three Republican candidates who were vying for the seat left vacant after long-time Sheriff Jimmy Ashe announced he would not be seeking re-election this November.
Lambert received a total of 424 votes, and although it was more than both of his challengers, he did not receive the 40 percent needed to secure his place on the November ballot. Hodgins, who beat out Mary Rock by a single vote, contested the results and requested a runoff election. Hodgins received 376 votes overall.
One-stop early voting is still under way at the Jackson County Board of Elections office at 876 Skyland Drive located beside the Driver’s License Office until Saturday. On Saturday, July 12, polls will be open from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Voters can vote in their designated precincts on Tuesday, July 15, from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 4.