Bryan, McLemore win BOCC seats; Harrison, Hanlon and Burke enter office

Published: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 08:31 PM.

Supervisor of Elections Linda Griffin sensed a different feeling when she began her day on Tuesday.

“There was a sense of calm and everything just fell into place after the polls closed, it was almost like somebody was watching over me on my last election,” Griffin said.

That last election – Griffin is retiring – seemed calm only to her.

On a day of close local races, Joanna Bryan became the first woman to hold a seat on the Board of County Commissioners; Commissioner Carmen McLemore squeaked past challenger Kenny Peak for his District 1 seat; and three new constitutional officers were elected.

Superintendent of Schools Jim Norton, seeking his first elected four-year term after serving just more than a year after his appointment by the governor, also won.

All results are unofficial until the canvassing board meets on Wednesday. The turnout was a healthy 79 percent, 7,153, of all registered voters. More than 2,500 voters took advantage of early or absentee voting.

The DNA for the night in most local races was thin margins.

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