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

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

“It’s humbling, but at this point it is not about us, it is not about them. It is about us as Gulf County and this department moving forward.”

Hanlon, who is the current Deputy Supervisor of Elections, beat Wyvonne Griffin Pickett by a margin of 4,497-2,478 in votes, 64-36 percent.

“Truly I am humbled and honored by the trust the voters have placed in me,” Hanlon said. “I want to thank every one of them. And I also thank Ms. Wyvonne for running a good, clean campaign. We both worked hard.”

Burke, who garnered 45 percent of the vote, beat Dan Christie, running with no party affiliation and as Deputy Property Appraiser, and James Rish. Christie took 39 percent, or 2,710 votes, while Rish ran third with 16 percent, or 1,124 votes.

“It’s been a long time coming and a lot of hard work,” Burke said. “I’m excited about getting in there and getting to work for the people of Gulf County.”

As with McLemore, Norton surged late and slipped past Jay Bidwell, enjoying a margin of 52-48 percent, 3,612 votes to 3,366 for Bidwell in the single closest local race of the evening.

“I’m excited and appreciative of the people of Gulf County recognizing we probably need to keep going the direction we are going,” Norton said. “Our work is cut our for us, with a shrinking tax base and declining student enrollment, the way the state funds schools that puts us in a tough spot.

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