Mitchell downs Reynolds for senate

Published 12:00 am Thursday, November 9, 2006

Republican Joan Reynolds' aggressive advertising campaign failed to persuade District 30 voters as Sen. Wendell Mitchell (D-Luverne) won his seventh consecutive term in the legislature.

With 121 of 131 precincts reporting during Tuesday night's General Election, Mitchell had claimed 62 percent of the vote to Reynolds' 38 percent.

In Butler County Mitchell won 4,749 to 2,013. He won all counties in District 30, although Reynolds made a strong showing in Autauga County, falling to Mitchell 6,554 to 6,398.

District 30 is composed of Butler, Lowndes, Crenshaw, Autauga, Elmore and Pike Counties.

&#8220I'm deeply grateful to the people of Butler County,” said Mitchell. &#8220We carried all six counties and we ran a positive campaign. We're glad that we will be able to continue our partnership with the people of District 30 and continue to provide help to this area.”

An attempt to contact Reynolds on Tuesday night for comment was unsuccessful.

In other state races:

n Gov. Bob Riley won a second consecutive term, fending off challenger and Lt. Gov. Lucy Baxley. Riley secured 57 percent of the vote over Baxley's 42 percent.

&uot;I think the people of Alabama really understand the potential we have today and that we’ve built a foundation to do extraordinary things in the next four years,&uot; Riley told The Associated Press.

n Attorney General Troy King remained in office, beating Mobile attorney John Tyson by a narrow margin on Tuesday night.

n Greenville native and state auditor Beth Chapman ousted Secretary of State Nancy Worley. Worley was constantly under attack from both Chapman and the state news media during the campaign season.

&#8220The voters have chosen me and I'm honored,” said Chapman.

n Alabama voters also approved an amendment to the state constitution that guarantees school systems in the state at least 10 mils of property tax dedicated to schools. 30 school systems in the state did not meet 10 mils in property tax. The 10-mill minimum would start with the tax year beginning Oct. 1, 2007, and would raise about $23 million annually, according to the Legislative Fiscal Office. Each mill raises the property tax by $10 a year on a house valued at $100,000, according to the AP.

n Locally, Butler County voters approved an amendment eliminating the supernumerary status for certain elected officials in the county.

4,027 Voters approved the amendment.

The amendment effectively phases out the supernumerary retirement system for elected positions inside the county. With the supernumerary program in place, the county had to pay 100 percent of the sheriff’s, and a portion of the tax collector’s and tax assessor’s, retirement from the county’s general fund.

Those elected officials now fall under the state's retirement system.