King, Watson take wins in Democratic Party primary
Kerry Craig | News-Telegram Assistant Editor

March 8, 2006 -- Voters in the Democratic Party's primary election Tuesday settled the local race for Precinct One Justice of the Peace and selected their nominee for the county treasurer's office.

In the justice of the peace race, voters favored incumbent Yvonne Miller King over challenger Demetra Robinson by a wide margin.

King received 792 votes, or 75.4 percent, to defeat Robinson, who received 258 votes, or 24.5 percent of the total votes cast.

With no challenger for the office from the Republican Party, Yvonne King is virtually assured another four years in office.

King said she was very pleased with the elections' outcome and complimented her opponent on a very clean race.

"I am very pleased with the outcome and very thankful to the voters for their support," King said early Wednesday. "I appreciate the vote of confidence that Hopkins County voters gave me."

Demetra Robinson, who serves as presiding judge of the municipal court in Commerce, said she felt the light voter turnout had a major effect on the election.

"I believe the voters have spoken, that they have chosen who they want to represent them," she said. "I believe that if we had had a better voter turnout it might have been a little bit different, but we just have to move forward from this point on and support the person the voters have chosen."

Three people — two Democrats and one Republican — were on the Tuesday ballots seeking the office of Hopkins County Treasurer, currently held by longtime Treasurer Betty Bassham, who announced in October she would not seek another term.

Voters in the Democratic Primary selected Treva Watson as their nominee to run against Republican Cheryl Fulcher in the general election next November.

Watson, with 1,064 votes, won the Democratic nomination over Jim Rooks, who received 798 votes, a 14 percent margin.

"I felt very proud that the people who had helped me ... I owe a lot to them," Watson said. "It was a great experience, and I met a lot of people I had not met before and renewed many relationships."

Other Hopkins County candidates were unopposed in their bids for their respective party's nominations for the general election.

For the office of Hopkins County Judge, Democratic incumbent Cletis Millsap is seeking a third term in office and will face Republican Jason Cunningham in November.

In the other race for a local judicial office, incumbent Amy McCorkle Smith was unopposed for the Democratic nomination for the office and will be paired with Republican Eddie Northcutt in November.

Despite two contested local races in the Democratic Primary Tuesday, Hopkins County voters stayed home by the thousands. Of the 20,819 registered voters in the county, only 2,445 went to the polls.

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