They elected Wilbert Jones to represent them in the Legislature with a comfortable 64 percent of the vote.
Jones beat out opponent Bill Marcy in Tuesday’s run-off election with 1,664 votes. Marcy received 920 votes, or 36 percent of the total vote, including adsentee ballots.
“It’s a calmness,” Jones said shortly after his victory became clear. “I feel great. I have very strong supporters that believe in me. It was just a matter of getting out the vote.”
Though Jones was happy with his percentage of the vote, he admitted he was disappointed with the low overall voter turnout. Only 2,385 people turned up to vote in the election, though the circuit clerk’s office reported there were more than 10,000 active registered voters in the district.
Jones, who plans to declare as a Democrat, will replace the late Rep. Charles L. Young, Sr., who passed away in April while in his 30th year in office. The Young family endorsed Jones immediately after he qualified for the special election to fill Rep. Young’s seat.