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2010 Primary: Eldridge takes mayoral race

From STAFF REPORTS
Dan Eldridge has earned the title of Washington County mayor following months of heavy campaigning – and spending — in a hotly contested race against former Johnson City mayor and former State Sen. Don Arnold, as well as local mechanic James Reeves.
Eldridge earned 51 percent of the vote in the Republican primary. With no one running as a Democrat or Independent for the mayoral position, Tuesday’s victory means Eldridge will be the next county mayor. Eldridge will replace George Jaynes as mayor, a position Jaynes has held for the past 24 years.
Arnold received 35 percent of the vote while Reeves received 14 percent.
Meanwhile, things remained tight in the race for Assessor of Property for Washington County, with interim assessor Scott Buckingham and candidate Forrest Boreing remaining close as results trickled in Tuesday night.
Buckingham won by less than 300 votes, earning 40 percent of votes compared to Boreing’s 38 percent. A third candidate, Steven Harris, received 22 percent of the vote.
Buckingham will go on to face Independent Del Carroll for the position for assessor in the August 5 county general election.
Kathy Storey handily defeated four opponents for the position of County Clerk, earning 40 percent of the overall vote.
Candidate Sheila Haren earned 25 percent of the vote while the three other candidates – Tony Fowler, Ron England and Scott Hyatt – each received 13 percent or less.
With no one running as a Democrat or Independent for the position, Tuesday’s win means Storey will replace longtime County Clerk Doyle Cloyd in the position.
Running uncontested in the election were candidates for county sheriff, register of deeds, circuit court clerk, and county trustee. Incumbent Ed Graybeal will serve another term as sheriff, incumbent Ginger Jilton will serve another term as register of deeds and incumbent Karen Guinn will serve another term as circuit court clerk.
Incumbent county trustee Jack Daniels will now go on to face off against Pamela Fitzgerald in the Aug. 5 General Election.
All results remain unofficial until the election commission canvasses and certifies the results.

As of 10:15 p.m., with early voting numbers and 38 of 41 precincts reporting, Dan Eldridge has won the Washington County mayoral race with 52 percent of votes. Fellow candidates Don Arnold and James Reeves finished the race with 34 percent and 14 percent, respectively.
In the race for Assessor of Property, Scott Buckingham has received 40 percent of the vote while Forrest Boreing has 38 percent of the vote. Steven Harris remains around 21 percent.
In the race for County Clerk, Kathy Storey has defeated her four opponents with 40 percent of the vote. Sheila Haren finished with 25 percent. The remaining candidates – Tony Fowler, Ron England and Scott Hyatt – all received 13 percent or less of the votes.
More than 12,000 voters cast their ballots in the Republican primary.
UPDATE

As of 10 p.m., with early voting numbers and 31 of 41 precincts reporting, Dan Eldridge leads in the mayoral race with 51 percent of votes while Don Arnold has 35 percent. James Reeves remains around 14 percent.
In the race for Assessor of Property, Scott Buckingham has received 41 percent of the vote while Forrest Boreing has 38 percent of the vote. Steven Harris remains around 21 percent.
In the race for County Clerk, Kathy Storey has 42 percent of the vote and Sheila Haren has 23 percent. The remaining candidates — Tony Fowler, Ron England and Scott Hyatt — all have 13 percent or under.

As of 9:45 p.m., with early voting numbers and 21 of 41 precincts reporting, Dan Eldridge leads in the mayoral race with 51 percent of votes while Don Arnold has 35 percent. James Reeves remains around 14 percent.
In the race for Assessor of Property, Scott Buckingham has received 41 percent of the vote while Forrest Boreing has 38 percent of the vote. Steven Harris remains around 22 percent.
In the race for County Clerk, Kathy Storey has 43 percent of the vote and Sheila Haren has 23 percent. The remaining candidates – Tony Fowler, Ron England and Scott Hyatt – all have 13 percent or under.

As of 9:30 p.m., with early voting numbers and 14 precincts reporting, Dan Eldridge leads in the mayoral race with 51 percent of votes while Don Arnold has 36 percent. James Reeves remains around 14 percent.
In the race for Assessor of Property, Scott Buckingham has received 41 percent of the vote while Forrest Boreing has 37 percent of the . Steven Harris remains around 22 percent.
In the race for County Clerk, Kathy Storey has 44 percent of the vote and Sheila Haren has 23 percent. The remaining candidates — Tony Fowler, Ron England and Scott Hyatt — all have 13 percent or under.

As of 9:15 p.m., with early voting numbers and 8 precincts reporting, Dan Eldridge leads in the mayoral race with 50 percent of votes while Don Arnold has 37 percent. James Reeves remains around 13 percent.
In the race for Assessor of Property, Forrest Boreing has closed the gap with 37 percent of the vote to Scott Buckingham’s 40 percent of votes. Steven Harris remains at 23 percent.
In the race for County Clerk, Kathy Storey has 46 percent of the vote and Sheila Haren has 24 percent. The remaining candidates – Tony Fowler, Ron England and Scott Hyatt – all have 12 percent or under.

As of 9 p.m., with early voting numbers and 5 precincts reporting, Dan Eldridge leads in the mayoral race with 50 percent of votes while Don Arnold has 38 percent. James Reeves remains around 12 percent.
In the race for Assessor of Property, Forrest Boreing has closed the gap with 36 percent of the vote to Scott Buckingham’s 41 percent of votes. Steven Harris remains at 23 percent.
In the race for County Clerk, Kathy Storey has 45 percent of the vote and Sheila Haren has 24 percent. The remaining candidates — Tony Fowler, Ron England and Scott Hyatt — all have under 12 percent of the vote.

As of 8:45 p.m., 4,937 votes were tabulated, all of which were from early voting.
Don Arnold closed the gap against opponent Dan Eldridge. Arnold has received 39 percent of votes compared to Eldridge’s 49 percent. James Reeves remains at 12 percent in the mayoral race.
In the race for Assessor of Property, Scott Buckingham remains in the lead with 42 percent of votes while Forrest Boreing has 34 percent. Steven Harris has 23 percent of the vote.
In the race for County Clerk, Kathy Storey remains in the lead with 44 percent of votes while Sheila Haren has 26 percent. Her closest challengers – Tony Fowler and Ron England each have 12 percent. Scott Hyatt has earned 8 percent of the vote.

As of 8:30 p.m., with an estimated 2,000 votes reported, Dan Eldridge is leading the Washington County mayoral race with 50.17 percent of the vote. Don Arnold has an estimated 38 percent of the votes with James Reeves recording just over 11 percent.
In the race for County Clerk, Kathy Storey is leading the pack with 43 percent of the vote. Sheila Haren has recorded 26 percent of the votes. Tony Fowler, Ron England and Scott Hyatt are all under 12 percent.
Scott Buckingham has 42 percent of votes in the race for Asssessor of Property, with Forrest Boreing at 34 percent and Steven Harris at 24 percent.
As a reminder, these numbers are not final as voting percentages are just starting to come in. Keep checking www.heraldandtribune.com for the most up-to-date election results.
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Despite a hotly contested mayoral race in Washington County, voter turnout has been less than desired in the Republican primary.
According to Washington County Administrator of Elections Connie Sinks, voters steadily streamed into precincts on Tuesday. However, she said it would be unlikely to see more than 10,000 of the estimated 60,000 registered voters come out to cast their ballots.
Jon Ruetz, election commissioner, said he would feel “lucky” to get 9,000 voters to participate when all is said and done. Ruetz said he visited more than a dozen precincts Tuesday afternoon and found a Telford precinct to be one of the busiest, with just 150 voters casting their ballots.
Election commissioners and other election officials spent the early evening counting the votes cast during the early voting period. An estimated 5,000 Washington Countians came out early to vote, which was more than average. Sinks called the increase in early voters a “trend” of late.
Polls closed at 8 p.m. and results are expected to start trickling in at any time now.
Don Arnold, Dan Eldridge and James Reeves are running for the mayoral position. Whomever wins the Republican primary will earn the title. Sheila Haren, Kathy Storey, Tony Fowler, Scott Hyatt and Ron England are running for County Court Clerk, with no democrats or independents contesting the race.
Scott Buckingham, Forrest Boreing and Steven Harris are running for Assessor of Property in the Republican Primary. The primary victor will take on Independent candidate Del Carroll in the Aug. 5 General Election.