Although Jackson County was left with just three polling places on election day, the voters came out in record numbers in spite of the rain to make their choices known. Out of 27,996 voters in Jackson County, 16,107 cast their ballots today, giving the county a 57.53% turnout. Rain was forecast throughout the day Tuesday and the prediction was right on the money but that did not detour 4,062 voters from braving the rain and the one-plus hour wait to make their vote count. The highest previous turnout in recent elections was 54% in the 2010 and 2014 elections.
Locally, Jackson County had two county commission seats up for re-election and one school board race.
In the District 4 county commission race, incumbent Eric Hill retained his seat with 1,937 (51.54%) votes. Newcomer Terry Charles collected 1,360 (36.19%), while fellow newcomer John Bryan came in with 461 (12.27%) votes. In addressing the crowd after the results were in, Hill said, “I would like to thank my county, my family, and my faith for all their support not only through this election but through my first term in office. With the challenges before this county we will return stronger and better. It has truly been a privilege to serve on the board of commissioners and not something I have taken lightly. I will keep the lines of communication open and welcome any input anyone has to offer. I want to thank my opponents for running a very clean campaign.”
In the District 2 county commission race, the people also chose to return Clint Pate to office with 1,805 (51.54%) votes to challenger Edward E. Crutchfield’s 1,617 (47.25%) votes. Pate is a man of few words and he kept to that following the results being announced in the office of the Supervisor of Elections, “I want to thank the citizens of District 2 for trusting me for four more years as we move Jackson County forward. It has been an honor to serve the citizens of Jackson County the last
Incumbent school board member for District 1, Dr. Terry Nichols was defeated by newcomer and former Jackson County School administrator, Diane Long. Long recorded 1,185 (50.75%) votes while Nichols received 1,150 (49.25%) votes.
In the state races, Jackson County was consistent with the voters of the state of Florida.
Jackson County went red in the governor’s race, casting 10,761 votes for Ron DeSantis or 67.41% while democratic candidate Andrew Gillum picked up 5,004 votes or 31.35% of the vote.
Local voters went with the state in the United States Senate race, casting 10,774 (67.46%) votes for Governor Rick Scott to incumbent Bill Nelson’s 5,161 (32.31%) votes.
United States Representative Neal Dunn was the favorite in Jackson County as he was with the state winning with 10,925 (69.14%) votes while Bob Rackleff picked up 4,877 (30.86%) votes.
Ashley Moody was the local and state favorite for Attorney General with 10,733 (67.74%) votes to Sean Shaw’s 4,943 (31.20%) and Jeffrey Marc Siskind with 169 (1.07%) votes.
Jimmy Patronis won the state race for Chief Financial Officer with 52% of the vote, while taking Jackson County with 70.01% of the votes to 4,748 or 4.748% for Jeremy Ring.