Proctor wins Jasper council;
Nelson has razor thin result in council race
Pickens County voters enthusiastically endorsed Donald Trump yesterday giving him 83 percent of the ballots cast. This was roughly the same percent that Republican Mitt Romney received four years ago.
Voter turnout was 82 percent; 14,172 voters cast ballots out of 17,319 voters, according to the secretary of state’s website. Local figures showed a slightly different number of only 80.42 percent turnout. The difference was explained by the local election office in the way that write-in votes are handled.
In local races:
State Rep Rick Jasperse easily won re-election. In Pickens, Jasperse took 87 percent of the vote with 11,705 votes to 13 percent for Brandon Crisp in the state representative election. Across his District 11, Jasperse won 84 percent of the vote with 17,996 cards cast for him. The district includes all of Pickens and the Chatsworth area.
There were no contested elections at the county level yesterday; any races with competition were settled in the GOP primary this spring.
In Jasper, Dr. Sonny Proctor won an unexpired term on the Jasper City Council with 55 percent of the vote (664 votes) over Susan Piantedosi.
Proctor said on Wednesday, “I sincerely appreciate all the well wishes and support from my family, friends and voters. I look forward to serving the citizens of Jasper. I want to thank Susan for a cordial and friendly race. Finally, I would like to thank Mayor Weaver and the council for welcoming both Susan and I into the process.”
In Nelson, a micro-thin margin separated the three candidates running for two seats with James Queen finishing first with 120 votes, Kelsey Riehl finishing second with 116 votes and Lamar Kellett coming up just short with 111 votes. Queen and Riehl won the two seats.
Wednesday, election supervisor Julianne Roberts said even though the Nelson result is close, the results are not within one percent so no recount is required.
Roberts reported the election ran smoothly locally with the machines and the crowds, and considered 80 percent a very good turnout.
One incident was reported: a poll worker was arrested at the Hill City election site (Hill City Elementary) for disorderly conduct. According to the sheriff incident report Theodore L. Duncan Jr., 66, of Jasper, was cited for disorderly conduct for a verbal altercation over a Trump bumper sticker and a couple wearing Trump shirts in the polling location.
It is prohibited to park close to polls with campaign material visible and wear any campaign shirts into a polling site.
But according to the incident report, the poll worker was very animated, using obscenities at the couple who had young children with them to the point witnesses thought a fight was likely.
Election Supervisor Roberts said the board had not had time to review this, but if true, the poll worker would clearly not work in future elections.