MOULTON — Lawrence County schools Superintendent Heath Grimes defeated Republican Jimmy Black, 8,539-5,450, on Tuesday for another four-year term.
A record number of voters went to the polls Tuesday, also casting ballots in two school board races.
In the District 5 race, Reta Waldrep, making her first bid for public office, defeated attorney Jerome Thompson, 1,790-1,093.
"I'm just elated that the people in East Lawrence showed this confidence in me," she said.
Waldrep, 62, retired as bookkeeper at East Lawrence High.
In District 2, Republican challenger Norman Pool defeated incumbent Gary Bradford, 1,390-1,388.
In the circuit court race, Sandra Ligon, 54, defeated former Courtland Mayor Ted Letson, 8,786-5,169, in Tuesday's election for circuit clerk. She had been serving as acting circuit clerk for the unexpired term of Harce Hill, who retired.
As the unofficial totals continued to flash on the big screen, Grimes accepted congratulations from his supporters.
The superintendent job is for four years and pays $109,000 annually. School board members serve six-year terms and make $7,200 per year.
In the circuit court race, Sandra Ligon, 54, defeated former Courtland Mayor Ted Letson, 8,786-5,169, in Tuesday's election for circuit clerk.
She had been serving as acting circuit clerk after Lawrence County Circuit Judge Mark Craig appointed her in January 2011 to serve the unexpired term of Harce Hill, who retired.
"I'm very humble and thankful for the people who supported me," Ligon said among friends at the Moulton Recreation Center. "I wish my opponent the best, and I will serve the people in this community honestly and faithfully."
Ligon has worked in the circuit clerk's office 32 years, including eight as deputy clerk, before replacing Hill. Letson served for six years as a Courtland council member before running for mayor.
The circuit clerk's term is six years and pays $80,000 to $100,000 annually.
Ligon is a graduate of Lawrence County High School, Calhoun Community College and Alverson-Draughon Business College.