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Voters elect Cantrell assessor of Property
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The voters of DeKalb County elected Scott Cantrell as Assessor of Property Thursday.A total of 2,444 voters took to the polls in the August 2 election, with 1,525 casting ballots on election day and 919 during the early voting/absentee period.Cantrell clinched the Democratic party nomination in March when he defeated 16-year incumbent Timothy “Fud” Banks 833 votes to 418.Cantrell faced Republican nominee Mason Carter in the general election last week, where he garnered 62.9 percent of the vote to win.Voters cast 1,506 ballots in Cantrell’s favor, while Carter took 36.9 percent of the electorate with 884 votes Cantrell carried nine of the 16 precincts in the county, including Belk, Blue Springs, the Church of Christ Annex, Courthouse, County Complex, Johnson's Chapel, Keltonburg, DeKalb Middle School, and Snow Hill.Carter took the vote in seven precincts including Alexandria, Cherry Hill, Dowelltown, Edgar Evins State Park, Liberty, Temperance Hall, and Rock Castle.Cantrell had the advantage going into the election, with a majority of early and absentee ballots cast in his favor.Carter received 627 early votes, and 257 absentee votes, compared to 861 early and 645 absentee for Cantrell.Cantrell will take office on Sept. 1.Meanwhile, Kevin Hale gave long-time incumbent W.J. (Dub) Evins III a run for his money for the 5th District school board seat, but Evins held out for a win with 55.8 percent of the vote. Evins received 261 votes to Hale’s 205, and carried the two 5th District precincts, winning 112-88 at the county complex and 37-33 at Johnson's Chapel.Evins also took the lead in early/absentee voting, with 112 absentee ballots compared to 84 for Hale, and took early voting 149-121.Doug Stephens received 173 complimentary votes in his unopposed bid for the 6th District school board seat.In the five uncontested constable races, Wayne Vanderpool earned 232 votes in the 3rd District. Paul Cantrell clinched the Fourth District constable race with 235 complimentary votes.