Craig Harris/Macon County Times Macon County Sheriff Mark Gammons is pictured leaving Lafayette Elementary School, one of the area voting precincts, last Thursday afternoon.

Craig Harris/Macon County Times

Macon County Sheriff Mark Gammons is pictured leaving Lafayette Elementary School, one of the area voting precincts, last Thursday afternoon.

Mark Gammons was re-elected as the Macon County Sheriff during last Thursday's general election.

"You have to be a humble person when you run for office," Gammons said. "You don't take anything for granted. You do your best and hope it's the good Lord's will for you to be the winner."

According to the unofficial results, Gammons finished with 339 more votes than Butch Avera, who edged Mark Brawner by 215 votes in May's Republican primary.

"I felt like it was going to be close," Avera said. "I figured it would be between 200 or 300 votes. The only thing that surprised me was the early vote. I thought we would be in pretty good shape with the early vote and that Mark would make up ground on election day. We registered over 400 voters ourselves. People were coming out and blowing the horn and coming and talking to us (during the early-voting period at the Macon County Election Commission). We felt like we were doing real good in the early voting."

Gammons received 2,559 votes during the early voting, with Avera receiving 2,259.

"No one ever has a total inkling (of the voting)," Gammons said. "They depend on family, friends and the good Lord to do the best they can and hope people in the county will vote for you."

Gammons admitted that there's some anxiousness on election day.

"The best way to describe it is it's like a small child on Christmas Eve," Gammons said. "You don't know what you're going to get. You're just hoping for the best."

Avera also won the Republican primary in 2014 before he lost to Mark Gammons by 273 votes in the general election.

"We did the Facebook, the billboards, the radio, the newspaper ads and the door-to-door (visit)," Avera said. "All of us were working together. I felt like we did everything we could. They just got more people in there."

Gammons added, "The responsibility of being sheriff comes first, and then, you have to get out and see people and rely on family and friends to help you (campaign). It's somewhat like a football coach … you prepare every single week. You prepare your campaign the best you can, but it's not necessarily about me. It's about my team, my family and my staff."

Gammons is entering his fourth term.

"Nothing changes," Gammons said. "We want to keep providing quality law enforcement and serve the county to the best of our ability."

Of the registered voters in Macon County, more than 51 percent turned out for Thursday's state primary and county general election. In comparison to the 2014 election, there were 827 more individuals who voted.

"I was real pleased with the turnout," Avera said. "I like to see people come out and go vote."

There were 1,552 votes cast on election day, 71 less than in 2014. However, there were 898 more early votes cast this year than in 2014.

Macon County Mayor Steve Jones, Macon County Circuit Court Clerk Rick Gann and Macon County Register of Deeds Cynthia Jones all ran unopposed, and each received more than 5,000 votes. Steve Jones will be entering his second term, while it will be Gann's fourth.

Cynthia Jones defeated Sherry Brawner Tucker by garnering more than 61 percent of the vote in May's Republican primary, leaving her unopposed last Thursday. She will be entering her second term.

Each of the five constable candidates were unopposed on the ballot. Those individuals include Sammy Morgan (District 1 and 2), Tom Dallas (District 3 and 4), John David (District 5 and 6), Tony Law (District 7 and 8), and Corey Lawrence (District 9 and 10).

Morgan, Dallas, David and Law were elected for four-year terms, but once the results are verified, Lawrence will not fill the constable spot due to no longer residing in that district. The Macon County Commission will take applicants to fill that vacancy and will vote to appoint someone.

Two of the five school board positions were determined on Thursday, with Jed Goad winning the five-man race in Districts 1 and 2. Goad garnered 519 votes, finishing more than 246 votes better than second-place Jason Bohanan.

Wayne Marsh won the school board position for Districts 3 and 4. Marsh received 590 votes, 151 more than second-place Andy Shrum.

The other three school board spots will be elected in 2020, along with the Macon County Director of Schools.

All of the Macon County Commissioner positions were elected on Thursday.

District 8 was the only district with no commissioners seeking reelection, and it was independent candidates Kyle Petty (345 votes) and Chad West (284) being elected to office in that four-person race, with independent Michael Evetts (202) in third place.

District 7 will be represented by independent incumbents Barry King (363) and Jeffery Hughes (291). Republican James Lamb placed third (205) in the four-person race.

Independent candidate Scott Cothron earned one of the two spots in District 5, garnering 228 votes. Independent incumbent Kenneth Witte received 156 votes to earn the other position, while fellow independent incumbent Kimmy Warf (59) was third among the three candidates in District 5.

In District 6, independent incumbent Tony Wix (196) and Republican Michael Slayton (187) were elected, with Republican Stephanie Lamb receiving 119 votes.

District 3 incumbents Benny Bartley and Chop Porter and District 4 incumbents Mchelle Phillips and Justin Dyer were unopposed.

Both incumbents were also reelected in District 1 and District 2. In District 1, Republican Phillip Snow (350) and independent Todd Gentry (199) finished considerably ahead of independent Kristina Rossi (111). In District 2, Republicans Mike Jenkins (430) and Scott Gammons (330) received more votes than independent Adam Swindle (272).

Incumbent Wendell Jones and independent Jarhea Wilmore ran unopposed in District 9.

Incumbent Helen Hesson was the only candidate in District 10, which will mean that another commissioner will need to be appointed for that district.

In the state primary elections, Bill Lee won the Republican gubernatorial primary, with Macon County voters casting more than 500 votes for Lee than they did for second-place Diane Black.

Fellow gubernatorial candidate Karl Dean won the Democratic primary in the county and state, as did Phil Bredesen in the United States Senate race.

Republican Marsha Blackburn was also a primary winner in the United States Senate race.

Republican John Rose and Democrat Dawn Barlow won the United States House of Representative District 6 primaries, with Rose garnering 561 more votes than Bob Corlew.