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

Published: Friday, November 9, 2012 at 11:25 AM.

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, especially once results were announced just one hour after the polls closed.

On a day that completed heated local races, Joanna Bryan became the first woman to hold a seat on the Gulf County 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 met on Wednesday, after press time.

The turnout was a healthy 79 percent, or 7,153 registered voters.



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