2012 General Election

Lincoln County residents wait in line to vote Tuesday afternoon at the Stanford Baptist Church Christian Life Center. (Ben Kleppinger / ben@theinteriorjournal.com / November 6, 2012)

STANFORD — Lincoln County voted to keep Teresa Reed as its circuit court clerk Tuesday, while residents of the second magisterial district selected Lonnie Pruitt as their new magistrate and Hustonville wrote in David Peyton for its new mayor.

Voters showed up at the polls in large numbers. County Clerk George Spoonamore said turnout was more than 53 percent.

In Stanford, citizens voted to oust two city council incumbents — Scott Maples and Greg Findling — in favor of two challengers, Amy Rice Hazlett and Tom Moser.

Bobby Wilkinson, Eddie Carter, Mike Southerland and Scottie Ernst were re-elected to their city council seats.

Hazlett was the top vote-getter at 792, with Wilkinson and Carter following behind at 772 and 735, respectively.

"I'm excited. I think it says a lot for Stanford residents wanting some new faces on council," Hazlett said of her victory. "I just want to contribute … fresh new ideas, new opinions. I want to focus a lot on the budget and spending."

 

Reed re-elected

In the circuit court clerk race, the Democratic incumbent Reed won re-election in a landslide, claiming more than 64 percent of the vote over the Republican challenger Dwight Hopkins.

Reed said she has been humbled by all the help she had as she attempted to campaign while still working in her office every day.

"I've just been overwhelmed with all the support that I have and everyone helping me," she said. "I just want to say thank you to all the voters in Lincoln County who voted for me and all the help that they gave me. I just appreciate it so much."

 

Pruitt replaces Dyehouse

Residents in Lincoln's second magisterial district voted for the Republican challenger Pruitt over the Democratic incumbent Bill Dyehouse 1,452-944, giving Pruitt more than 60 percent of the vote.

"By the number of votes, people must think I can do a pretty good job and I'm looking forward to getting started," Pruitt told District-One Magistrate David Faulkner on WPBK 102.9 shortly after it became clear he would be victorious.

Pruitt said the campaign between himself and Dyehouse was a clean one because both candidates respected each other.

"Bill is not only a friend, but I look at him kind of like a father figure," Pruitt said. "I couldn't say anything bad about Bill … I think the people just wanted a change."

Dyehouse was appointed to the second-district magistrate seat earlier this year to fill out the remainder of deceased Magistrate Dexter Todd's term.

 

Peyton elected mayor