A large group of people filtered in and out at the Jackson County Courthouse on Tuesday, June 3, to hear election results from throughout the county.

It was a relaxed atmosphere with plenty of smiles and old friends laughing about this or that around the room.

Victor Manning, probate judge of Jackson County, did an excellent job relaying results from various polls and keeping everyone informed as tired candidates like Democrat, Chad Gorham, waited with supporters sporting t-shirts and fresh sunburns, eager to hear if their hard work had paid off.

It had.

Gorham, adult education administrator at Northeast Alabama Community College (NACC), was newly elected to the Jackson County Board of Education, District 3.

“I’m very thankful,” Gorham said. “I’m going to do my best to do the job I’ve been elected to do.”

Kathy Thompson, sat quietly and waited to hear what the voters of the county had to say.

Thompson also came out a winner with 1, 451 votes in the three-person Republican primary race for revenue commissioner, receiving congratulations from friends and supporters along with a proud kiss on the cheek from husband, Phillip.

Thompson will now face second place winner, Shadrack McGill in a runoff election.

Although he did not win, Democratic candidate, Randy Bruce Money, and his lovely wife, Jane, warmly congratulated winner, Horace Clemmons, for his victory in the Democratic primary for senator, posing for photos and shaking hands.

As the evening drew on, Jackson County Commission Chairman, Matthew Hodges, and tiny son, Alex, waited and walked the hallways hand-in-hand.

Jackson County Sheriff, Chuck Phillips, Chief Deputy, Rocky Harnen, and other representatives from the Sheriff’s office were relaxed and smiling, sharing laughs with friends despite the long hours of hard work.

In a back room, as he has for more than 30 years, WKEA-FM K-98 Radio’s, Ron Livengood, kept voters informed with a live broadcast alongside Blake Wright, of Allstate Insurance. Livengood’s wife, Jennifer, assisted him with election results throughout the night.

When the final votes had been tallied and the winners announced, congratulations flowed around the room.

Candidates who did not get the results they had hoped for graciously shook hands and patted winners on the back.

As public leaders, tired campaign workers, officers of the law and politicians filed out of the courthouse, it was an evening that should make Jackson County proud of all of them.

In the end, it probably did.

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