Early voting has gained increasing popularity, with 1,818 absentee or early votes cast by the Saturday, August 2 deadline. Nearly 550 more votes were cast early, rather than waiting for election day. There was virtually "no waiting" to vote at any of the twelve precincts in Macon County.
Unofficial results are as follows: Incumbent Democrat Charles "Chop" Porter lost the race for county Road Supervisor to Republican candidate Audie Cook by a vote of 1,313 for Cook, and 1,034 for Porter. Independent candidate Jerry Ray received 566 votes, and a total of 80 votes were cast for Kenny Patterson.
Incument Republication Ricky Shoulders easily won the race to retain the courthouse office of Macon County Assessor of Property, with a vote of 1,918 to the 1,036 ballots cast for his opponent, Democratic Party candidate Jeff Hughes.
In other county races: County Commission District 19 winner was Benton Bartley (unopposed) to fill out the term of Lindbergh Dennis, who resigned last year.
Narrowly winning the county School Board contest for Districts 1,2, 11, and 20 was Ronald Birdwell, with 198 votes to the 194 cast for opponent Mark Sircy. Birdwell relaces Diana Carter who did not seek re-election
Winning the county School Board seat for Districts 3, 4, 15, and 16 was John Wheeley, with 306 votes to 201 cast for Chuck Sandifer. Wheeley replaces Mike Marshall on the board.
Winning the School Board seat for Districts 13, 14, 17, and 18 was incumbent Stephen Walton who garnered 353 votes to the 178 cast for opponent Quinn Marlow.
In the state primaries the locally interesting race was for the Democratic and Republican nominations to replace retiring 40th District state House of Representatives member the Hon. Frank Buck (D-Doweltown).
Terry Lynn Weaver easily defeated Nicky Rittenberry for the Republican Party nomination with a total vote of 1,964 to the 538 cast for her opponent. Weaver received 748 votes in Macon County, with Rittenberry garnering 442 ballots here.
A crowded field of seven candidates for the Democratic Party nomination resulted in a victory for DeKalb County building contractor Cleveland Derrick Bain, with a three-county total of 1,200 votes, followed by Macon County's Dean Sircy with 1,065 votes; Smith County native Sarah Marie Smith with 914 votes, and Gayla Hendrix of DeKalb County getting 900 votes. Three other candidates shared the remaining 330 votes cast.
Democrat Cleveland Bain will face Republican Terry Lynn Weaver on the November General Election ballot.