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Tuesday was a good day for incumbents as all current elected officials that faced opposition on primary Election Day retained their seats.


Sheriff Wallace Whittaker was the biggest winner of the day as he received 3,051 votes - which was 77 percent of all ballots cast in his race. He was challenged by Steve Hadden, who got 13 percent of the votes and Robert Kimmel, who had 9 percent.


“That showed me that the people have confidence in the job we’re doing,” Whittaker said. “The people of Logan County have shown their support to the sheriff’s office this election and we will continue working hard for the people of Logan County.”


Whittaker is currently wrapping up his third term as sheriff and did not have to campaign four years ago as he ran unopposed on the ticket.


“During this election I got out and talked to people I haven’t talked to in a while,” Whittaker said. “That was a good thing. I got good feedback from the people in Logan County.”


No one has registered to run as a Republican against Whittaker in the November general election.


“Mostly, I want to thank everyone for their trust and all the people that believe in job the sheriff’s office is doing and in me running it,” Whittaker said. “It’s big honor to be their sheriff again and I really appreciate all the support.”


Logan County also reelected coroner Mary Givens by a strong margin.


She received a commanding 65 percent of the votes in another three-way race. Cheryl Allen got 28 percent and Tina McKinney got 6 percent.


No Republicans have filed to run for coroner either, so Givens will remain in office for the next four years.


The only other countywide race on the ballot Tuesday has not yet decided the next jailer as there will be a race in the general election.


Republican Phil Gregory won his party’s nomination by narrowly defeating Chris Hightower by just 32 votes. Gregory received 588 votes and Hightower 556. Gregory led that race by just nine votes before the final precinct was tallied.


Gregory will now face Wendell Jackson in the November general election. Jackson beat Edward Hardin on Tuesday for the Democratic nomination. Jackson received 2,034 votes to Hardin’s 1,736.


Five of Logan County’s six magistrate seats were also decided. The closest one being District 6 as incumbent Thomas Bouldin held off a challenge by Clay Bilyeu by margin of just 53 votes, 373-320. When half the precincts in that race came in the two candidates were deadlocked, but Bouldin pulled out the race in the final two precincts.


In all the other magistrate races, the incumbents all easily won. Russell Poore beat Len Embry 433-205 in District 1. Jack Crossley held off Wayne Stratton 474-322 in District 2. In District 3, Barry Joe Wright easily beat a crowded field of five challengers to hold on to his season. Wright got 392 votes. The next closest challenger, Christ Wilcutt, received only 174.


And in District 4, Drexel Johnson got 304 votes while Dale Givens got 179 votes and Mike Kirby got 156 votes.


County Clerk Scottie Harper, who did not have any opposition for his position said that election day ran about as smooth as possible.


“In general, we didn’t have any irregularities throughout the county,” Harper said. “Our process couldn’t happen without good poll workers though. Our poll workers put in a long tiring day, but their hard work made it possible for us to have a good day with no irregularities. And I want to thank them for their service.”


In all, 5,266 ballots were cast in Logan County – which was a turnout of over 30.8 percent.


“That was more than I expected,” Harper said. “We had a bigger turnout than I thought. I was expecting around 20 percent, but I was glad for the turnout and that folks were getting out and exercising their right to vote.”


Harper said he expects and even larger number to come out for the November general election.


“We’ll have some big, key races in that election and I think the interest will be up a little bit,” he said.

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