Quinn elected to BOCC; recount in school board race


Sandy Quinn

Special to The Star
Published: Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 09:52 AM.

Political newcomer Sandy Quinn, Jr. secured the District 4 seat on the Board of County Commissioners Tuesday while the District 2 seat on the Gulf County School Board remains in play.

Quinn beat incumbent Commissioner Tan Smiley, seeking a second term, in the BOCC District 4 race, opening a small lead in early voting which he maintained throughout the night.

Tuesday’s primary in District 4 was universal, meaning that both candidates were from the same party, Democratic, and all voters could cast ballots as the primary decided the seat.

Quinn received 353 votes, or 58 percent, while Tan Smiley received 258 votes and 42 percent.

“I’m excited and I feel blessed and thankful,” Quinn said. “People came out and supported and they rallied behind me. They wanted to see a change.

“A big thank you to Tan Smiley for running a clean race. Thank you to the citizens of Gulf County.”

The race to succeed George Cox in the District 2 school board race will be subject to a recount.

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