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Several Alabama sheriffs survive primary races; at least 1 set for runoff

The incumbent will remain in office in several of Alabama’s local sheriff races, though at...
The incumbent will remain in office in several of Alabama’s local sheriff races, though at least one is headed to a primary runoff.(WGEM/MGN)
Published: May. 25, 2022 at 6:35 AM CDT|Updated: May. 25, 2022 at 5:27 PM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - The incumbent will remain in office in several of Alabama’s local sheriff races, though at least one is headed to a primary runoff.

In Autauga County, incumbent Joe Sedinger won his race for reelection against Mark Harrell and Ken Gray. No Democratic candidate is running against Sedinger, meaning he’ll remain sheriff following the November general election.

In Covington County, two Republicans were vying for the sheriff’s seat, but incumbent Blake Turman ultimately came out on top with about 60% of the votes to best his opponent, former Sheriff Dennis Meeks.

Voters in Crenshaw County will need to prepare for the June 21 runoff when they’ll pick between incumbent Sheriff Terry Mears, who garnered 43% of the vote, or Joshua Wasden, who secured 30%.

In west Alabama, two Democratic candidates sought the Dallas County sheriff’s position. Incumbent Sheriff Mike Granthum won outright against Donald Shepard and, because no Republican candidate ran Tuesday, Granthum will remain the county’s top law enforcement officer.

In Lowndes County, incumbent Sheriff Christopher West, who was appointed to the position by Gov. Kay Ivey following the homicide of longtime Sheriff “Big John” William, fought off a challenged by Kelvin Mitchell to win a full term.

In Marengo County, it initially appeared Democratic incumbent Sheriff Richard Bates would defeat challenger Robert Alston Jr. by a slim margin of just six votes. However, despite all vote totals being unofficial, Alston says he actually won the race by 85 votes. Documents provided by the chairman of the Marengo County Democratic Party indicate Alston on top with 2,428 votes, or 50.89%, to Bates’ 2,343, or 49.11%.

In Wilcox County, incumbent Sheriff Earnest Evans decided against running for reelection and six Democratic candidates are aiming to fill his seat. A winner has yet to be declared, but Larry Colston has garnered at 50 percent of the vote with his next closest challenger far behind at just 18%.

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