Incumbents Arnett, Tomyn fall

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Woods, McFatten win sheriff primaries

By Jim Clark
There will be some new faces in Marion County government and school leadership after the results of Tuesday’s primary were tabulated.
Voted out of office were School Superintendent George Tomyn and District 5 County Commissioner Earl Arnett, both of whom were seeking their second terms.
The only incumbent to win in the primary was District 1 County Commissioner David Moore, who beat Daniel Owen with 53 percent of the vote. He will face a “no party affiliation” candidate in November.
In District 3, Jeff Gold took the four-person primary with 37 percent of the vote. He will also face two write-in candidates in the general election.
Heidi Maier led from the time the first votes were county to gather about 55 percent of the vote for superintendent in a two-candidate Republican race. She will still have to face two write-in candidates in November.
She said, “To the Voters of Marion County....I respect your trust; it is an honor that I do not take lightly. I look forward to working with you to bring our vision to fruition.”
The same setting awaits District 5 Republican nominee Michelle Stone, who got 39 percent of the vote in a five-person Republican primary. Two write-in candidates await her in November.
Stone wrote, “Thank you to my fellow Republicans that came out in the Primary Election in support of me and our voting process that allows ‘We the People’ to choose our leaders. I am humbled and grateful for your support, trust and confidence. I wish all of my opponents success and prosperity in their calling to make Marion County great.”
One of the five in District 5, Brigitte Smith, hinting at a state office race in 2018, commented: “I think this is awesome! This process has been informing and empowering! I have met some Godly men on this campaign trail, Mr Gee, Don Browning and Richard Evans, who were not afraid to show support in fear that it would hurt their own campaign. Kudos to them! This process has opened many doors for me. Getting into this race not until April, look how much I accomplished, and now that I have momentum and my platform is based on strong moral principles, the future could include a bid in 2018 at a State level. I have truly been blessed and God has carried me this far, doors are open! Brigitte is not going away, let’s see what 2018 brings, hold onto your hats! Thanks to all my supporters, I truly believe this campaign was a success, we have only begun!”
One of the real surprises came in the Democratic sheriff’s race, where Dennis McFatten edged former Sheriff Ed Dean with 53 percent of the vote. McFatten was an original candidate, but Dean joined the race, criticizing Chris Blair. However, after Blair dropped out, Dean stayed in the race.
McFatten stated in part, “We have a long way to go. This is just the beginning and we need a repeat performance of tonight. Thanks again for each of you and for your continued support. May God continue to bless each of you in his own way.”
Dean issued the following statement: “I want to thank my family, friends and supporters for their help in my campaign for Sheriff.  The people have spoken that Captain Dennis McFatten will be the Democratic standard bearer in the general election.  I extend my congratulations to him for waging a successful Primary campaign and my best wishes to the dedicated men and women of the Sheriff’s Office in the future.”
On the Republican side in the sheriff’s race, Billy Woods easily outpointed Kelly Crawford, getting 61 percent. Woods commented, “It has been an overwhelming night and our success has been because of my family and friends hard work. I would also like to say Thank You to all of my supporters and the citizens of this great county of ours. Your prayers and faith in me is what got us to this point and will carry us to November.”
In the only School Board election on the ballot, Beth McCall gained 63 percent of the vote to avoid a runoff and win the seat over two other candidates.
McCall wrote, “Thank you everyone! I am overwhelmed and humbled by your outstanding support. I will honor the trust you have instilled in me by being the best school board member I can possibly be. Our students will always be my top priority. Now, it’s time to go to work!”