Agerton, Hall winners
By By SHERRY DIGMON
Advance Staff Writer
The election story in Escambia County (Ala.) was the heavy voter turnout. All day, all over the county, voters waited in line to cast their ballots. In some areas, reports were that some even waited in the rain.
Democrats came out on top in area races.
The seat vacated by County Commissioner Weldon Vickrey will be filled by James (Junior) Hall (D). Hall emerged from a field of four in the primaries to face E. Farrar Barnett (R) in the general election. Hall received 1,388 votes (57.88 percent) to Barnett*s 1,009 (42.08 percent).
Rachel Agerton (D) won by a landslide over Republican Charles Jackson for the probate judge's office. Agerton captured 8,173 votes (72.75 percent) to Jackson's 3,055 votes (27.19) percent. Agerton has worked in the probate judge's office for 30 years.
Jackson was also at the County Courthouse to get the results.
County results in other races were as follows:
n Joseph "Joe" Brogden (D) was unopposed in the race for circuit court judge, 21st judicial circuit. He received 8,601 votes.
n James K. Taylor (D) was unopposed for circuit clerk. He received 8,493 votes.
n Todd Williamson (D) was unopposed in the commission district 2 race. He received 1,729 votes.
n Danny Benjamin was unopposed in the race for his seat on the board of education. He received 1,191 votes.
n Jack D. Crutchfield (D) won a seat on the board of education vacated by Roger Madden. He received 1,202 votes to Michael Watson*s (R) 689 votes.
n Steve McGill (D) won over the challengers in his party to run unopposed for the seat on the board of education. He received 1,054 votes.
Voters overwhelmingly approved Amendment One by a vote of 6,208 to 2,876, which will enable local governments to improve road and bridges and the infrastructure.
Voters voted no on Amendment Two which would have abolished the prohibition of interracial marriages. The vote was 3,973 to abolish the prohibition. The vote against was 4,309.
In the national election, Escambia County voters went Republican in a big way as George W. Bush (R) received 6,975 (59.82 percent) to Al Gore*s (D) 4,523 votes (38.79 percent).