Local candidates unopposed in election

GROVETON – In what has to be one of the most contentious election cycles on the national front, things were relatively sedate at the county level, with all of the local candidates running uncontested races in the general election.

A total number of 5,985 Trinity County voters came to cast their ballots for candidates and policies up for a vote, for local, statewide, and federal elections on Tuesday.

Candidates up for re-election to county positions ran unopposed in the general election this year. Those candidates include Precinct 1 Commissioner Grover "Tiger" Worsham; Precinct 3 Commissioner Neal Smith; Precinct 1 Constable Tommy Park; District Attorney Bennie L. Schiro; County Attorney Joe W. Bell II; Sheriff Woody Wallace; Tax Assessor-Collector Lindy Madden Warren, and Precinct 4 Constable Reggie Olive.

Both the state and federal representatives for the area, Trent Ashby and Kevin Brady, respectively, went unopposed in the election.

District Judge Kaycee L. Jones faced a write-in candidate in John Wells. Jones easily defeated her write-in opponent with 4,488 votes to Wells's 212.

The number of voters who turned out to the polling places in Trinity County for early voting (also including tabulations for absentee ballots) totaled 3,627, a large number that mirrored the state and national trends of large numbers for early voters.

Together, the number of early voters and those who came out to the polls on Tuesday was represented 51.68% of the total registered voters in Trinity County.

Overall, record numbers of voters were recorded at Trinity County polls, according to Elections Coordinator Priscilla Rasbeary.