HOUSTON CO., AL (WSFA) - Next week, voters will head to the polls for the run-off election in a number of key races--including the race for Houston County's District 3 commission seat.
Incumbent Jackie Battles will face Ricky Herring. According to numbers from the Houston County Probate office's website, Herring secured 41.7 percent of the votes to Battles 30.2 percent in the June 5 primary race.
Battles has served on the commission since 2010. He said he was disappointed to have come in second with vote numbers, but is not surprised about the runoff.
"We had three good men running for the same position, but I'm proud to be in the runoff," said Jackie Battles.
Battles said the primary race results helped him focus his campaign efforts moving forward before the runoff.
"We got a new voter list of who showed up at primary vote," said Battles. "That's what we're focusing on now--the places we didn't do strong in."
Battles said he's hoping to stay in office so that he can keep pushing his district and county forward.
"I've got more roads paved in District 3 than any other county. We've been part of bringing the unemployment rate down from almost 9 percent to 3.4 and the county is doing really well right now," Battles said.
Herring said he's pleased to have come out on top in numbers during the primary election, but with a runoff looming, he said the work hasn't stopped.
"We're not taking anything for granted. We're still knocking on doors and shaking hands and letting voters of District 3 know who they'll be electing," said Ricky Herring.
Herring emphasized if elected, he'd push transparency and truth. He said those traits come from his current position as investigator for the Houston County Sheriff's office.
"I thinks it's important that people know the truth about what's going on with their tax money, where their tax money is going and I believe that when I get in, I can take my job now and still be able to find out the facts and present the facts to the people in a way they'll understand," Herring said.
Battles noted that Herring's position as an investigator could limit his voting power as a commissioner.
"With me," said Battles, "I'm not hindered by voting on anything for the sheriff's department or jail."
According to Herring, he is allowed to vote on matters pertaining to the sheriff's office, but he can't vote on matters that would be for personal gain.
WSFA reached out the Secretary of State's office for clarification on voting by commissioners. We are waiting for a response.
Herring confirmed there are no Democrats running for the position.