Coffee County Sheriff Doyle Wooten with supporters after winning a second term. –Photo by Kristen Kitchens, Enterprise Staff Writer
Coffee County Tax Commissioner Shanda Henderson with family and supporters. –Photo by Kristen Kitchens, Enterprise Staff Writer
New Coffee County Coroner Brandon Musgrove with family and friends following his victory. –Photo by Kristen Kitchens, Enterprise Staff Writer
Wooten Wins Second Term As Coffee Sheriff, Henderson & Musgrove Win Sunday Alcohol Sales Passes
Coffee County voters had their say on Tuesday, and two incumbent candidates and a newcomer prevailed in the contested local races for Coffee County Sheriff, Coffee County Tax Commissioner and Coffee County Coroner. The polarizing debate that has been ongoing locally over Sunday alcohol sales was also decided, as the measure passed by a very slim margin. (Results do not include absentee ballots.)
Incumbent Democratic Sheriff Doyle Wooten defeated Republican challenger Rex Harper by a vote count of 7,448 (56%) to 5,889 votes (44%), as Wooten won every precinct on his way to victory.
In the race for Coffee County Tax Commissioner, Republican incumbent Shanda Henderson was the winner over Democratic challenger Tabitha Paulk. Henderson received 9,700 votes (74%) to Paulk’s 3,406 votes (26%).
Republican candidate Brandon Musgrove defeated Democrat T.C. Griffin in the race for Coffee County Coroner, with Musgrove receiving 8,264 (64%) to Griffin’s 4,740 (36%).
Other local races that featured unopposed candidates included: District 2 County Commissioner Jimmy Kitchens – 1,963 votes; District 4 County Commissioner Johnny Wayne Jowers – 2,581votes; District 5 County Commissioner Charles “Scooter Bill” Deen – 2,449 votes; Coffee County Clerk of Superior Court Angela Spell-Hutto – 10,953 votes; Coffee County Surveyor Adam Evans – 10,407 votes; State Senator Tyler Harper – 10,638 votes; State Representative District 169 Dominic LaRiccia – 8,641 votes; and State Representative District 155 Clay Pirkle – 1,611 votes.
City of Douglas voters were in favor of Sunday alcohol sales by the slimmest of margins. As for Sunday alcohol retail sales, the measure passed 1,857 votes (52%) to 1,735 votes (48%).
As for Sunday alcohol sales in a restaurant setting or dining establishment, the measure passed 1,878 (51.4%) to 1,773 (48.6%).
Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump was a big winner in Coffee County, garnering 9,293 votes. Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton received 3,926 votes and Libertarian Gary Johnson received 216 votes.
United States Senator Johnny Isakson carried Coffee County, receiving 8,620 votes. Jim Barksdale received 3,344 and Allen Buckley received 344 votes.
U.S. Representative Rick Allen also easily carried Coffee County, receiving 8,869 votes to Democratic challenger Patricia McCracken’s 3,617 votes.
The election results will be certified later this week and submitted to the Secretary of State’s Office. Those results will be featured in the weekend edition of The Enterprise.