adamsThe 2014 midterm election unofficial results are in, and Randy Adams has been elected as the new sheriff of Mineral County.

In what was the county’s biggest race, Adams defeated current sheriff Stewart Handte by a vote of 727-652. Handte was named to the position in December of 2013 after former sheriff Mike Dillard unexpectedly stepped down.

“I look forward to serving the citizens of Mineral County as their next sheriff,” said Adams from his home late Tuesday night.

The closest race of the day was for the county assessor position as Dorothy Fowler edged out Kevin Chisum 680-666. Fowler will continue to serve the county at least four more years after taking over in 2008.

In other Mineral County races, Lorraine Haight defeated Chris Nepper 735-647 in the Clerk/Treasurer race and Gary Schaaf defeated Ollie McIntosh 815-496 in the Hawthorne Township Constable race.

There were two county questions on the ballot.

In question one, voters voted no, 854-521, to prevent the issuance of general obligation school bonds and the use of available property tax revenues.

On question two, the nuisance abatement ordinance, yes was the outcome 743-652, for the Mineral County Board of Commissioners to revoke Mineral County Ordinance 229A, Bill 245 and reinstate Chapter 8.40 of the Mineral County Code to its previous version as was amended by adoption of ordinance 179A, Bill 195 on Aug. 22, 2003.

Voter turnout was down throughout the state and Mineral County was no exception. Of the 2,738 registered voters in the county, only 1,426 (52.07 percent) participated in the midterm election.

2,040 (77.1 percent) votes were cast in the 2012 general election.