End of an era, start of a new

Bevin Putnal

Bevin Putnal

David Adlerstein
Published: Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 10:36 AM.


It was a big election year throughout the country, and Franklin County was no exception.

Oddly, only one of the countywide offices was contested, that of sheriff, and that was over in August, as Mike Mock returned to the job in triumph, easily besting a three-man field.

Mock, 45, of Carrabelle, was the overwhelming choice of Democrats and Republicans alike, receiving nearly 60 percent of the vote countywide, as he defeated his chief contender, Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Cliff Carroll, 49, of Eastpoint, with 33.5 percent of the vote. H. Jeff Vonier, 69, of Eastpoint, attracted just 6.7 percent of voter support.

All the other incumbent constitutional officers were returned to office without an election, with the exception of property appraiser. Doris Pendleton retired and she was succeeded by her deputy, Rhonda Skipper in that office, again without a contested election.

In November, where the country reelected President Barack Obama, Franklin County showed a decidedly Republican streak in its voting preferences.

In Congressional District 2, incumbent Steve Southerland, R-Panama City, won almost 59 percent support among county voters, as he fended off a stiff challenge from Al Lawson, D-Tallahassee.

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