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Washington Countians like their politics, and apparently, they liked them just they way they were before Tuesday’s primary election. When the votes were totaled, no changes took place in the local political ranks.
In what was no doubt the most discussed race in the county for the primary election, Washington County Sheriff Tommy Bartley held off challengers Alan Corbett and Brad Langford by a total of 1,404 votes to Corbett’s 900 and Langford’s 466.
Bartley won all but one precinct, the Housing Project, and he lost that by just one vote, 90-89 to Corbett.
The win sets Bartley up for a meeting with Republican Jim Crouch, who was unopposed in the primary.
In the race for Washington County Clerk, incumbent Glenn Black defeated Richie Hamilton by a total of 2,373 votes to 351. Black will face Republican Julie McCray Waits in the general election.
Jailer Steve Hardin faced opponent Felix Keene, and Hardin came out on top by a total of 2,029 votes to Keene’s 656. Hardin will face Republican Terry Warner in the general election.
Democratic incumbent Benjamin Settles faced three challengers in the primary, and he defeated all comers. Settles collected 264 votes to top Tim Graves (161), John “Tommy” Coulter (59), and Danny Yaste (29).
In a bid for his second term as magistrate, Settles will face off with Republican Wallace Devine in the general election.
Hal B. Goode, Democratic incumbent magistrate in District 3, defeated challenger Howard Wohner 284-154. Goode will now serve a fifth term as magistrate.
Magistrate Greg Simms, Democratic incumbent in District 6, faced two challengers for his seat. Simms picked up 422 votes, while O’Bryan got 121 and Osbourne wrapped up with 98. Simms, seeking his sixth term, will face independent candidate Joe Auberry for the magistrate's seat in the general election.
In state races, Republican Rand Paul collected 367 votes over Trey Grayson’s 201 in the race to be U.S. Senator. On the Democratic side, Jack Conway defeated Daniel Mongiardo 1,286 to 931.
For a complete wrap-up of local election results, including precinct-by-precinct totals, see next week’s issue of The Springfield Sun.