Lincoln County Primary Election Runoffs — Who won?

Published 8:42 pm Tuesday, August 29, 2023

Tuesday, Aug. 29, was the Primary Runoff election. Eligible voters cast their ballots in three races — supervisor for Districts 2 and 3, and Constable Post 2.

Post 2 Constable will be see a new face in the position. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputy Wade Hinshaw won the runoff against 26-year incumbent W. Lavon Boyd. Boyd had 761 votes against Hinshaw’s 1,084. Hinshaw will face Democrat Michael C. Harvey in November.

“I greatly appreciate all the support from everyone out in the county, friends and neighbors,” Hinshaw said.

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Challenger Keith Lewis won the runoff for District 2 Supervisor, against one-term incumbent Jerry McGehee. Lewis took 369 votes to McGehee’s 330.

“I want to thank all my supporters for believing in me and coming out to vote,” said Lewis, who is the City of Brookhaven’s Public Works director. “The Lord has been good to us.”

In District 3, where incumbent Nolan Williamson is retiring, John David Hart took the Primary Runoff with 596 votes to Ricky Wayne Nations’ 560. Hart will face independent candidate Jason McDonald in November.

“I thank the Lord for leading me on this journey and being with me, and all of my family and supporters,” Hart said. “I also thank Ricky Wayne Nations for running a good, clean campaign, and proving that friends can run against one another. Now I ask for people to come back out in November and vote, and let’s help improve things.”

General Election

In Lincoln County, the winners of four races will be determined in the Nov. 7 General Election. These are:

• Sheriff — Republican incumbent Steve Rushing will face three independent challengers in Willie J. “Meeka” Gayten Sr., Henry G. “Bub” Simmons Jr., and Leslie Falvey.

• Coroner — Republican Blake William Wallace will face independent candidate Sherry Bowman Bessonette. Incumbent Clay McMorris is retiring.

• District 1 Supervisor — Incumbent Democrat Jerry L. Wilson will face Republican challenger Donnie “Speedy” Hedgepeth.

• Justice Court Judge Post 2 — Incumbent Republican Roger Martin will face Democrat Shane Banks.

Ten Lincoln County races have already been decided in the Primary Election. They are:

• County Surveyor — Republican incumbent Joe W. Byrd faced no opponent.

• Chancery Clerk — Republican incumbent Alisha McGehee faced no opponent.

• Circuit Clerk — Incumbent Republican Dustin R. Bairfield faced no opponent.

• Tax Collector/Assessor — Incumbent Blake Pickering won the Republican primary against two opponents.

• District 2 Election Commissioner — Republican incumbent Janice Hart Haley ran unopposed.

• District 3 Election Commissioner — Denise White, the Republican incumbent, ran unopposed.

• District 4 Supervisor — Republican Eli Ferguson won the Primary against two other opponents to replace retiring Eddie Brown.

• District 5 Supervisor — Republican incumbent Doug Falvey won against one opponent.

• Justice Court Judge Post 1 — Incumbent Republican Ian Smith won the Primary against one challenger.

• Justice Court Constable Post 1 — Republican Justin Case defeated one opponent. Incumbent Kelly Porter ran for sheriff and therefore could not run for reelection as constable.