Markley, Von Hanstein, Riden win locally

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By Tia Lynn Ivey

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Three local races were decided Tuesday in Morgan County during the 2016 Elections, with incumbent Republican Robert Markley winning reelection as the Morgan County Sheriff, Republican Philip Von Hanstein winning the Morgan County Commissioner District 4 seat and Ben Riden Jr. winning the County Commissioner District 3 seat.

Markley earned 71 percent of the vote, with a total of 6,638 votes cast for him. His opponent, Democrat Kenny Stewart earned 29 percent of the vote. Von Hanstein beat  out Independent Incumbent Ellen Warren, who has served on the Morgan County Board of Commissioners for 12 years. Von Hanstein earned 58 percent, with a total of 1,034 ballots cast for him. Warren received 42 percent of the vote, with a total of 761 ballots cast for her. Riden earned 80 percent of the vote with a total of 1,490 votes cast for him, while his opponent, Democrat Crystal Benford Thomas earned 20 percent of the vote, with a total of 370 ballots cast for her.

Unopposed races were also decided Tuesday night, with Republican Incumbent Dave Belton earning nearly 99 percent of the vote for State House District 112, receiving a total of 7,859 ballots from Morgan County. Incumbent Republican District Attorney Stephen Bradley earned just over 99 percent of the vote, with a total of 7,773 ballots cast for him. Jody Moss, Republican incumbent for Morgan County Superior Court Clerk, earned nearly 99 percent of the vote, receiving a total of 8,160 ballots. Becky Astin, incumbent Republican for County Tax Commissioner, earned 99.62 percent of the vote, with a total of 8,383 ballots cast for her. Adam Carter, Republican Incumbent for Coroner, earned 99.62 percent of the vote, with a total of 8,299 ballots cast for him. Ron Milton, incumbent Republican for the County Commissioner District 5 seat, earned 99.34 percent of the vote with a total of 1,666 ballots cast for him. Cheryl Bland, Democrat running for the Board of Education District 1 Seat, earned 98 percent of the vote, with a total of 1,405 ballots cast for her. Nelson Hale, incumbent Independent for the Board of Education District 2 Seat, earned 99.77 percent of the vote, with a total of 1,717 ballots cast for him. Keith Howard, incumbent Republican for the Board of Education District 3 Seat, earned 99.63 percent of the vote, with a total of 1,630 ballots cast for him.

The face of the Morgan County Board of Commissioners will change quite a bit with the two newly elected candidates on the board. Von Hanstein thanked everyone who voted for him Tuesday night. Riden thanked the voters and promised to “represent everybody to the best of my ability.”

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