Ruby Knox and Dennis McGlon will join the Gulf County School Board after Tuesday’s primary voting, while Commissioner Sandy Quinn advanced to November.
Tuesday’s results were unofficial until certified Wednesday, after press time, by the county canvassing board.
The turnout was 32 percent, roughly in line with a primary election in the middle of a presidential term.
Of the county’s 10,097 eligible voters, 3,219 cast ballots.
More than third of those, 1,122, were cast during early voting.
Another 603 voters cast absentee ballots; the Supervisor Elections office mailed out nearly 900.
School Board races are non-partisan, therefore Tuesday’s voting was the final say in campaigns to replace two retiring members, Danny Little in District 1 and John Wright in District 5.
McGlon and Knox each won convincingly.
Knox beat Barbara Radcliff in the District 5 race, earning 67 percent of the vote, 677 votes, to Radcliff’s 33 percent, 338 votes.
In District 1, McGlon’s margin was even larger, taking 74 percent of the vote in a contest against Bernadette Hackett.
The vote difference was 385-138.
“I’m excited,” McGlon said. “I’m excited to be the voice for the people in District 1. They’ve stated they want me in there.
“The community has been great to me and my family. I want to give back to them by being their voice.”
Quinn faced Tan Smiley, the man he beat four years ago for the District 4 seat on the Board of County Commissioners, in the Democrat primary.
Similar to the school board races, Quinn had a healthy winning margin, taking 61 percent of the vote, 249 votes, to Smiley’s 39 percent, or 158 votes.
Emerging with the victory, Quinn moves on to November when he faces two challengers are running without party affiliation.
“I am relieved,” Quinn said of Tuesday’s results. “I’m excited and I am grateful.”
County voting in the state and federal races was scattershot in predicting the final winners.
County Republican voters overwhelmingly supported Gov. Rick Scott in his race against token opposition for a U.S. Senate seat.
Ron DeSantis narrowly edged Adam Putnam (48-46 percent) in the county in the race to be GOP nominee for governor, a race DeSantis won statewide by a comfortable margin.
DeSantis will face surprise winner of the Democrat primary, Andrew Gillum, in November.
But Gillum, the only Democrat candidate to visit Gulf County during the campaign, was soundly beaten by Gwen Graham (48-26 percent) in county voting.
In the Democrat primary for the Congressional District 2 seat, Brandon Peters, who also recently visited Gulf County, easily outpaced Bob Rackleff (62-38 percent) in the county only to lose overall.
In the GOP primary, county voters favored Ashley Moody, who won the statewide Republican vote to be Attorney General, but also supported Denise Grimsley, who lost statewide to Matt Caldwell for Commissioner of Agriculture.
It was another story on the Democrats side, as county voters supported the candidates who won statewide for Attorney General (Sean Shaw) and Commissioner of Agriculture (Nikki Fried).
The November ballot is set, local, state and federal races, with proposed amendments of Florida’s Constitution joining the ballot.
In the county, voters will decide the BOCC seats for District 1, 2 and 4.
In District 1, Commissioner David Rich, a Republican appointed by Scott following the death of Freddie Whitfield, will face John Nagy, running as a Democrat, and William Lawson, who has no party affiliation.
The election is for a two-year term as the seat returns to its typical rotation in 2020.
Incumbent Commissioner Ward McDaniel, a Democrat, will also face two challengers: Tom Semmes, a Republican, and Josh Taunton, running with no party affiliation.
In District 4 it will be Quinn against challengers Ronald Pickett and Amy Rogers.
Voters will also cast ballots for U.S. Senate, Congressional District 2, Florida Governor, Attorney General and Commissioner of Agriculture.
There will be 13 proposed amendments to the Florida Constitution, dealing with issues ranging from expanding homestead exemptions to banning dog racing.