MADISON – Voter turnout was low in Boone County in a primary election that featured the non-partisan Board of Education and a close Democrat race for county commission.
Voters in the Boone County Republican Party cast only 502 ballots, while the county’s Democrat Party saw 3,299 voters cast ballots.
A total of 3,849 total ballots cast in the election, which included 405 ballots cast in early voting.
The only close race in the primary election featured current Boone County Commission President Eddie Hendricks against Scotty Cook.
Cook took an early lead as the first 10 precincts to come in were counted, but after the final unofficial tally of 34 of 34 precincts were counted Hendricks won by 188 votes. Hendricks garnered 1,616 votes, while Cook captured 1,428 votes.
The primary election totals remain unofficial until the county canvass happens next week, according to county election officials.
Hendricks said he was very humbled and honored by the results, and he planned to campaign very hard for the General Election in November when he faces Republican candidate Aaron Boggs who ran unopposed on the Republican ticket and received 387 votes.
“It’s a rewarding feeling when voters show confidence in you and the things you have done and tried to do for this county,” Hendricks said. “Now it’s time to get back to work and also begin campaigning for the General Election in November.”
The primary election does determine three members for the Boone County Board of Education whom take office July 1.
In the non-partisan race, all three incumbents ran unopposed and were re-elected. They included Danny Cantley, Joe Tagliente, Jr. and Mark Sumpter.
Cantley received 2,020 votes, Tagliente 1,988 and Sumpter 2,374. There were 32 write-in votes recorded.
The election finished around 10 p.m. and no problems or issues were reported.
“This was one of the smoothest elections we have ever had,” said Boone County Clerk Gary Williams. “Everyone, from the poll workers to the worker’s in the clerk’s office did a fantastic job tonight. I couldn’t have asked for it to have gone any better.”