The Democratic primary for Chesterfield County sheriff race didn’t end when Tuesday’s votes were tallied. James D. Dixon and Jay Brooks will face each other in a June 24 runoff election.
Almost 30 percent of Chesterfield County’s registered voters turned out for Tuesday’s primary, and many of them showed up at the Chesterfield County Voter Registration Office that evening to see the results displayed on a large screen outdoors.
At the top of the list of political interests this year was the sheriff’s race, with four candidates in the Democratic primary. James “J.D.” Dixon took 40.8 percent of the vote and Jay Brooks took 34.1 percent. That left Mike Irvin with 15.23 percent and Derrick Gordon with 9.86 percent.
Elections officials scheduled a runoff between Dixon and Brooks because a candidate is required to receive 51 percent of the vote to win outright. The winner of that contest will face Republican candidate Raymond Wright in the general election.
A small portion of Chesterfield County voters, those in S.C. House District 54 who vote a Democratic ballot, will go to the polls again June 24 for a runoff between Patricia “Pat” Henegan and Greg Ohanesian. Henegan received 50 percent of the votes cast for that office. Ohanesian got 23 percent, and Fred Thomas 27 percent.
There was a long list of candidates for state superintendent of education on both the Democratic and Republican tickets. Both parties will have runoffs June 24 for that office.
Amy Brown, a member of Chesterfield Town Council, will move to the November election on the Democratic ticket as a candidate for S.C. House District 53. Ted Vick of Chesterfield, who has held that office for the past 10 years, did not seek re-election. Brown gathered 51.2 percent of the vote in Chesterfield County, edging out Anthony Waymyers with 48.8 percent.
Gail Ingram won the office of probate judge for Chesterfield County with 63.3 percent of the vote. David Huntley received 36.7 percent. Brother Davis held that office for nearly 30 years. He did not seek re-election.
Incumbent Al Johnson took an overwhelming lead over Paul Brewer on the Democratic ticket for Chesterfield County Council District 3, with 72.75 percent of the vote.
Mary Anderson won 55.5 percent of the vote for Chesterfield County Council District 8, beating Bob Robeson with 44.5 percent.
The Democratic ticket asked voters three advisory questions. The first had to do with state’s rights on regulating online gambling. To that question, 80 percent of the voters said yes. The second question asked voters if state gaming laws should be modernized to fund road and bridge work. To that question 4,136 people (about 72 percent) voted yes.
The third question for Democratic voters asked if the state should legalize marijuana for medical use. To that question, 3,967 people, or 67.5 percent, said yes.
The Republican Party asked two advisory questions. The first had to do with pre-born rights, beginning at conception. To that question, 84.9 percent said yes. The second question asked about replacing state income taxes, to eventually lower all tax brackets to zero percent. Chesterfield County voters answered yes to that question by 83.3 percent.
— Reach Staff Writer Karen Kissiah at 843-537-5261.