Marshall wins school board, Parrish re-elected

Pam Marshall

Pam Marshall

Published: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 09:11 PM.

Franklin County’s primary Tuesday saw one incumbent ousted on the eastern end, and another re-elected on the western end.

Pamela Marshall, 56, of Carrabelle, took a clear majority of the ballots in the non-partisan race for school board for District 2, avoiding a run-off in the Nov. 4 general election.

Marshall, a former teacher who retired from the school district after 32 years in the classroom, captured more than 56 percent of vote (350), to overtake challenger Wilburn 'Ray' Messer, 55, of Carrabelle, who drew 30.5 percent of the ballots (190), and 14-year incumbent David Hinton, 78, of Carrabelle, who received 13.5 percent (84)

In the universal primary held for District 4 county commissioner, incumbent Joseph “Smokey” Parrish, 52, of Apalachicola, easily retained his seat with 66.6 percent (381) to 33.4 percent (191) for challenger Royce S. Rolstad III, 31, of Apalachicola.

While Republican voters in District 2 may have cast votes in the race for county commissioner, the supervisor of elections office did not release any totals, since Mark Nobles, 57, of Lanark Village, was deemed the winner after Bill Snyder, 55, of Lanark Village, dropped out for health reasons earlier this month. Nobles will now square off in the November election against Democratic incumbent Cheryl Sanders, 58, of Carrabelle.

Turnout for the election was a scant 27.5 percent, not surprising given that there were no statewide primary races, with the Democratic and Republican gubernatorial candidates both essentially decided prior to the vote. Governor Rick Scott picked up 89.7 percent of the Republican primary votes in Franklin County, while Democratic nominee Charlie Crist took 57 percent of the county votes against challenger Nan Rich.

A little more than 66 percent of the county’s Democrats preferred the eventual winner for the nominee for Florida attorney general, George Sheldon, against rival Perry Thurston.

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