Keahey defeats Joyner

Published 12:23 am Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Marc Keahey won re-election to the state Senate Tuesday night, while two women will join the Escambia County School Board and Larry White won re-election to the Escambia County Commission.

Keahey, D-Grove Hill, was modest Tuesday evening after claiming victory once again as state senator for District 22.

“I’m as humbled as can be by the support that I received from Escambia County,” he said. “When Pat Lindsey died and I decided to run for senate, I didn’t know a single person in Escambia County and was humbled by the support I got last June from Escambia County. I set out with the goal to work hard in Escambia County as the senator to put myself in a position to be able to carry Escambia County this year, 17 months later, and I’m just humbled as can be to have done that. I think the people endorsed the values that I stand for and what I portray as the vision that I’ve taken from them for this district.”

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Keahey believes the work he has done while in office was the deciding factor in his win over Republican challenger Danny Joyner.

“I try to pride myself in making sure that I have the reputation of being a senator for every single individual in my district no matter race, gender or financial status, and I’m going to continue to do that and look forward to the opportunity to help,” he said. “God has just blessed me and my family and has been great to us, and the people of this district have been wonderful to us and we are just humbled.”

As for what’s next for Keahey, he is going to take some much-needed R&R with his family.

“I’m just going to spend some time with my wife and pay a lot of attention to my family in the next few weeks,” he said.

Sherry Digmon of Atmore won election to the school board in District 6 defeating incumbent Democrat Cereal Daniel 850 votes to 807.

“I was delighted, but I certainly did not do this alone, I had a lot of good people helping me and I appreciate them so much,” Digmon said. “I appreciate the confidence the voters have placed in me, and I’ll do my best to live up to my promises, which is to be open, to be fair and to do my best.”

Digmon said her main goals while on the board are to work towards “openness” and “transparency.”

“One of the things that I’ve learned during the campaign is that people want somebody on the board to listen and I want to be the person that begins that process,” Digmon said. “I think people in the community and the county feel that the board has not been responsive to them, and I think that needs to be changed and get trust back on the Board of Education.”

Cindy Jackson also defeated Stephanie Jackson in school board District 4.

Jackson, who currently works at W.S. Neal Middle School, said the win is one she plans to make the best of for the citizens in her district.

“I’m looking forward to serving the people and letting their voice be heard,” Jackson said. “It was a good race. Stephanie (Agerton) worked as hard as I did and I am fortunate to have gotten enough votes to win. It was a good race with two good candidates.”

Jackson said the win is one she won’t take lightly and credits the voters in her district that made their way to the polls.

“I would like to thank all of the people who came out and voted,” Jackson said. “Every vote counts. I am thankful.”

Jackson defeated Agerton by 1,005 to 965 votes.

In the race for Escambia County Commission District 3 seat, incumbent White defeated C.E. “Buster” Crapps to retain his position. The final vote put White in office with 1,532 votes to Crapps 824 votes.

“This was a big win tonight,” White said. “I am pleased with the voter turnout and the people that showed confidence in our ability to get things done.”

White said the race was a good one that ran clean throughout the campaign.

The win is one that White said will allow him to continue to his work for the citizens of the county.

“I look forward to hitting the deck running,” White said. “I’ll continue to work hard for the betterment of Escambia County.”

In County Commission District 5, David Allen Quarker Sr. defeated Don Ellestad 1,186 to 306.

Staff Reporter Lisa Tindell contributed to this story.