West defeats Williams in Democratic run-off elections

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, July 26, 2006

After Tuesday's run-off elections, Crenshaw County Sheriff Charles West defeated opponent Ed Williams for the Democratic ticket.

West will face Bill Palmer, who is running on the Independent ticket for sheriff, in the November elections.

West received 2,060 votes, or just over 61 percent, to Williams' 1,302 votes, or almost 39 percent.

According to the Board of Registrars, there are 8,628 registered voters in Crenshaw County as of July 14. A total number of 3,513 ballots were cast in Tuesday's run-off elections. There were 3,369 ballots cast for the Democratic ticket and 144 ballots cast for the Republican ticket.

For the June 6 Democratic Primary, just over 50 percent of Crenshaw County's registered voters turned out, while 41 percent came out this past Tuesday.

&#8220I'm tickled with the turnout,” West said. &#8220We had a really good turnout for a run-off election, and I appreciate all of the support that I have received.”

West said that the sheriff's office had many more things that he wanted to accomplish in the future.

&#8220We're still going to update the computer software in our office and in the jail facilities,” West said. &#8220Plus, I want to see if we can get more money for our jailers and our deputies. They really deserve it.”

West said that he encourages anyone who wishes to &#8220come and inspect our records, our finances and our operations.”

&#8220We have an open-door policy here at the sheriff's office,” he added. &#8220People need to be more informed about our law enforcement.”

For Crenshaw County Commission, District One, incumbent Ricky McElwain defeated Howard Cook with 522 votes over Cook's 341 votes.

&#8220I feel really good about everything,” McElwain said. &#8220Mr. Howard gave it a good race. He has a main concern for that end of the county, and I can understand that.”

McElwain said that he appreciated all of the support he received during the entire election process.

&#8220I want to thank all of the people who had faith in me,” he added. &#8220I want to continue to do the best I can for my district and for our end of the county.”

This will be McElwain's second term as county commissioner.

For Crenshaw County Board of Education, District Five, Bertha H. Jones defeated Bennie F. McDonald with 361 votes over McDonald's 277 votes.

For Board of Education, District One, the unofficial ballot count is 431 votes for William E. Roper and 429 votes for Ronald Rhodes. According to Probate Judge Jim Perdue, the provisional ballots are currently being reviewed, and they must be counted completely by next Tuesday.

&#8220The Democratic Party could request a recount or a party candidate could request a recount,” Perdue said.