By Callie Metler-Smith
Voters of Precinct 2 in Jones County showed that they were ready for a change as two new names will make up the runoff ballot on May 27th. 557 votes were cast in the race for County Commissioner 2 with Steve Lefevre getting 45.06% of the vote with 251 total votes, Cary Davis getting 31.06% with 173 total votes, and Incumbent Mike Polk getting 23.88% of the vote with 133 total votes. Since no individual received the majority, a runoff between the two highest vote holders will be necessary. In the race for Precinct 4 former commissioner Joe Whitehorn defeated Greg Pinkston with a total of 58.86% of the vote.
Jones County proved to be carrying on the history of being primarily Republican. A total of 1,904 votes were cast in the Tuesday, March 4th primary and 1,755 of those were in the Republican primary. 149 voters (7.83%) voted on the Democratic ticket.
The race for State Representative District 71 between incumbent Susan King and Hamlin native Isaac Castro also proved to be close with King getting 905 votes (53.42%) and Castro getting 789 (46.58%) in Jones County voting. All vote totals are unofficial until Thursday when the county chairs will canvass them.