Former Cheraw Police Chief Jay Brooks won Tuesday’s runoff and the Democratic nomination for Chesterfield County sheriff over James D. Dixon by 189 votes. Brooks will face Republican candidate Raymond Wright for the position in November.
Brooks was there for the tallying of the votes. When the results came in, he said he was “a little overwhelmed at the moment, and tired.”
“So many people have worked so hard for us,” he said, “and I’m grateful.”
Chesterfield County residents anxiously watched and waited as each of the county’s voting district results were posted “the old-fashioned way,” by hand, onto a huge chart.
During the June 10 primary, the Chesterfield County Voter Registration Office projected the results from a computer onto a large screen on the outside wall of the building. All evening long, people complained about the new system, and how hard it was to get a true idea of who was in the lead or in which district they carried the most votes. Lots of folks said they missed the traditional chart and were not impressed with the new technology.
Their voices were heard, and for the runoff election, a giant dry-erase board chart was mounted to the side of the Chesterfield County Voter Registration Office; complete with an awning, lighting, decking, ladder and even a fan to help with the heat.
There were as many complimentary comments about the “new” old way of posting the results as there were complaints two weeks ago.
In the race for S.C. House of Representatives District 54, Patricia Henegan won the Democratic nomination with 583 votes. Greg Ohanesian received 308 votes for that office.
Sheila Galliger beat Tom Thompson for the Democratic nomination for state superintendent of education by 940 votes. Sally Atwater beat Molly Mitchell Spearman for the Republican nomination for education superintendent by 35 votes.
In the Republican runoff for lieutenant governor, Henry McMaster carried Chesterfield County over Mike Campbell by just two votes — 155 to 153.
The unofficial results on the sheriff’s race, by voting district, were:
Angelus Catarrh: Dixon, 71; Brooks, 79.
Bay Springs: Dixon, 20; Brooks, 59.
Black Creek: Dixon, 20; Brooks, 46.
Brocks Mill: Dixon, 244; Brooks, 133.
Cash: Dixon, 184; Brooks, 96.
Center Grove: Dixon, 118; Brooks, 59.
Cheraw 1: Dixon, 155; Brooks, 247.
Cheraw 2: Dixon, 166; Brooks, 154.
Cheraw 3: Dixon, 347; Brooks, 142.
Cheraw 4: Dixon, 211; Brooks, 126.
Courthouse: Dixon, 177; Brooks, 387.
Dudley Mangum: Dixon, 30; Brooks, 78.
Grants Mill: Dixon, 151; Brooks, 156.
Jefferson: Dixon, 151; Brooks, 145.
McBee: Dixon, 130; Brooks, 87.
Middendorf: Dixon, 28; Brooks, 38.
Mount Croghan: Dixon, 31; Brooks, 92.
Ousleydale: Dixon, 18; Brooks, 63.
The final tally was Dixon 3,127; Brooks, 3,316.
— Reach Staff Writer Karen Kissiah at 843-537-5261.