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By Christa Jennings
Senior Staff Writer
The unofficial results for the primary runoff elections are in, allowing voters to know who to expect to be on the ballot in November’s general election.
Coosa County had a voter turnout of 16.72% for Tuesday’s runoff election. That was more than the statewide voter turnout, which was only 12.74%.
The polling place with the highest turnout in Coosa County was Marble Valley with 27.98%. Equality had the second highest turnout with 26.51%.
The lowest turnout was in Goodwater with only 7.31%. The second lowest was Cottage Grove with a voter turnout of 8.43%.
In Coosa County there was only one local race left to be determined by the runoff, which was on the Republican Party ballot. That race was for Board of Education District 5, with the seat being vacated by Gay Adams not seeking reelection.
As reported last month, Josh Culver and Jenny Kimbrell went on to be in the runoff after none of the three candidates received 50% of the vote. Culver and Kimbrell tied in the number of votes received in the May primary election, each receiving 191 votes or 34.10%.
In Tuesday’s primary runoff election, Kimbrell won the Board of Education District 5 seat with 191 votes or 53.95%. Culver received 163 votes or 46.04%.
Following the results, Culver stated, “The polls are in, and it was a close race. I would like to thank all of those that supported me. I am fully confident that Mrs. Kimbrell will do a great job serving on the Board of Education, and I offer my full support and sincere congratulations to her on her victory!”
Kimbrell was appreciative of those who supported her and voted for her in the primary and in the runoff election.
“I would like to take the time to show gratitude and appreciation to everyone who voted and supported my family during this campaign,” Kimbrell said. “My love for my children and the children of Coosa County was my driving force to run for the Board of Education. I am really looking forward to working with the parents of our community, faculty and staff, as well as other board members and officials. As your District 5 Board of Education representative I will strive to make a positive impact for the future of Coosa County schools.”
In Coosa County there were 1,240 Republican Party ballots cast and 117 Democratic Party ballots cast.
For the Democratic Party runoff, Coosa County voters favored Yolanda Rochelle Flowers over Malika Sanders Fortier for governor. Flowers received 76 votes or 64.95% compared to Fortier’s 41 votes or 35.04%.
That held true statewide, as well, as based on unofficial results at the state level Flowers secured the Democratic Party nomination for governor with 55.15% of the vote, receiving 32,427 votes. Fortier received 26,375 votes across the state, or 44.85%.
On the Republican Party ballot, Coosa’s voters favored Katie Britt over Mo Brooks for the U.S. Senate seat.
Britt received 745 votes in the county, or 60.61%. Brooks received 484 votes or 39.38%.
Britt also won at the state level, receiving 252,939 votes or 63.02% compared to Brooks’ 148,431 votes or 36.98%.
Following the announcement that Brooks conceded and Britt won, the Senate Leadership Fund congratulated Britt on winning the Republican nomination. SLF substantially assisted and contributed $2 million to an Alabama-based Super PAC, Alabama’s Future, which the SLF stated “played a decisive role in ensuring Mo Brooks had no ultimate path to becoming the Republican nominee.”
In a statement, SLF President Steven Law said, “Katie Britt is smart, serious and passionate about the values instilled in her by her Alabama roots and Christian faith. She represents an exciting new generation of leadership in the Senate, and she is a worthy successor to her former boss and mentor, Sen. Richard Shelby. Britt ran a high-tone campaign in the primary and runoff that focused on issues that matter to Alabamians. Her campaign reflects the intelligence and gravitas she will bring to the role of Alabama’s senator. The Senate Leadership Fund was proud to do our part in the primary to ensure Alabama has a U.S. senator it can be proud of – and that always was and is Katie Britt.”
Regarding the secretary of state race, in Coosa County Wes Allen received 732 votes or 60.64%. Candidate Jim Zeigler received 475 votes or 39.35%.
At the state level Allen received 247,842 votes or 65.38%, and Zeigler received 131,234 votes or 34.62%.
Zeigler made the following statement in reaction to Tuesday’s runoff results, “I congratulate Wes Allen on winning the Republican nomination for secretary of state. He has a Democrat and a Libertarian opponent in November. I endorse Wes Allen in the general election.
“I thank all the hundreds of Alabama citizens who worked for me in the primaries. We could not have gotten to the runoff without them. I continue to serve as state auditor until January 2023. I will work daily for the taxpayers.”
For state auditor, Coosa County voters favored Andrew Sorrell with 665 votes or 58.33%. Stan Cooke received 475 votes or 41.66%.
Sorrell also carried the state vote with 57.45% compared to Cooke’s 42.55% of votes statewide.
For Public Service Commission Place 1, Jeremy Oden received 615 votes in Coosa County, or 57.58%. Brent Woodall received 453 votes or 42.41%.
At the state level it was a close race, with Oden receiving 52.32% of the vote, and Woodall receiving 47.68%.
For Public Service Commission Place 2, Chip Beeker received 71.31% or 788 votes in Coosa County. Robert L. McCollum received 317 votes or 28.68%.
Beeker also carried the state with 63.25% of votes compared to McCollum’s 36.75%.
On Tuesday if any provisional ballots were cast in Coosa County and are eligible to be included, those will be added to the county’s vote totals. Following that, the local Democratic and Republican parties will certify the results, making the county’s results official.
The next election will be the general election, which will be held November 8. For more information and full election results visit www.alabamavotes.gov.