2018 Primary Election Results – LIVE on Tuesday night
After taking on what seemed like all comers, Cal Stiles was exhausted.
The sitting District 1 commissioner had political forces working against him from all sides, but somehow managed to pull out a narrow victory over challenger Tim West on Tuesday night in the Republican primary.
“It’s a relief,” an exasperated Stiles said when all precincts were in with him escaping with a 75-vote win to give him a chance to retain his seat in November. He will face Democrat Gary James in the general election.
With one precinct left to report, Commission Chairman Dan Eichenbaum was down by two votes to challenger Winfield Clonts.
But Hiwassee Dam posted its results – with Eichenbaum claiming a 42-vote victory there – and blazed an unobstructed trail for him to return for a second term by the slimmest of margins.
“I want to thank the folks of Cherokee County who supported and voted for me in the primary election. My opponent, Winfield Clonts, ran a good race, and the vote was close,” Eichenbaum said Tuesday night. “These past few years, I have been educated, challenged, humbled, and, most of all, made proud of my community. It will be my privilege and honor to continue to serve Cherokee County and its people on the county commission.”
Gary “Hippie” Westmoreland did not have to seat out his commission race in District 3, winning handily with nearly 73 percent of the vote against challenger Corey Bailey.
“I’m ecstatic,” Westmoreland said Tuesday night. “It means that a lot of folks think we’re doing what we need to do for them. We’ve kept the taxes the same and we’ve tried to do what’s best for the county. I appreciate everyone who voted for me.”
Sheriff wins big
Sheriff Derrick Palmer heard a lot from his opponent Dan Sherrill that he was not doing things the right way. Evidently, the voters did not agree.
Palmer won with 71.5 percent of the vote against Sherrill, his former deputy who is now a seargant in Clay County.
“It was a substantial win, but we still need to go back and look at what we can do better,” Palmer said. “There were about 1,000 folks who wanted to go in a different direction, so we need to look hard at what we are doing and try to be the best we can be every day.”
New faces on school board
Tuesday’s primary for the Cherokee Board of Elections resulted in wins by Republican candidates Keesha Curtis for the at-large nomination, Jeff Martin for the District 2 open seat, and Joe Wood and Mark Patterson in two seats for District 3.
Curtis will face Democrat Tim Coffey in the general election, while the other three face no opposition in the fall.
Congressional matchup set
U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows will face a challenge from Democrat Phillip Price, who won a three-man primary Tuesday, in the general election.
Meadows easily won his primary over challenger Chris Archerd with more than 86 percent of the vote.