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.
In the race for County Commission District 1, which encompasses Eastpoint and St. George Island, incumbent Pinki Jackel, 54, who four years ago became the first Republican in modern times to win a county commission seat, easily outdistanced her Democratic challenger Tony Shiver, 52, to secure a second term.
In District 5, which includes portions of Eastpoint east into Carrabelle, Democrat William Massey, 53, swamped by a better than three-to-one margin his opponent, Hank Garrett, 48, who ran without party affiliation.
In the August primary, Massey had defeated longtime county commissioner Bevin Putnal, who first took office on Nov. 16, 1992.
“It’s been a pleasure serving with this board,” he said. “It’s kind of like family. You’re gonna fuss and fight but you come together to solve other people’s problems.”