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

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

In a three-way race, Bryan drew 53 percent, or 835 votes, to 32 percent, or 505 votes for Democrat Jimmy Rogers and 15 percent, 233 votes, for John Grantland, who ran with no party affiliation.

“I am ecstatic,” Bryan said. “I am so excited. I think the District 3 voters have spoken and they are ready for open and transparent government and a level playing field for everybody.

“I am excited to represent all of Gulf County.”

McLemore who trailed early in the night after early voting results were announced by Griffin slipped by Peak in one of the closest races, keeping his BOCC seat by 827-757 in votes, or 52-48 percent.

The three new constitutional officers will be Mike Harrison as Gulf County Sheriff, John Hanlon replacing Griffin as Supervisor of Elections and Mitch Burke winning a three-way race to replace Property Appraiser Kesley Colbert, who like Griffin his retiring.

Harrison, running for the third time, beat incumbent Joe Nugent in a rematch from four years ago, taking 57 percent of the vote (3,994) to Nugent’s 43 percent (3,017).

“This is something I set out to do nine years ago,” Harrison said. “The people kept driving me through this, saying they wanted change. I’ve been overwhelmed with the people calling me and wishing me well.

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