Granthum wins Sheriff; Nunn, Switzer head to Probate run-offs

Published 11:14 pm Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Mike Granthum always wanted to become sheriff in Dallas County.

He got his wish Tuesday night, defeating Michael D. Goings 5,933 to 4,749 in the Sherriff’s race. Granthum won by 52 percent of the vote, compared to Goings at 42 percent. Earnest Donaldson was third with 615 votes.

“I’ve campaigned long and hard for 11 months,” Granthum said. “It’s been a long road and a lot of people made it happen for me. I’ve been a police officer in Selma for 20 years. I’ve gone from bicycle cop to Dallas County Sherriff.

“The win shows how much confidence Dallas County residents have in me,” he said. “I love Dallas County. Nobody will work harder than me.”

The Probate Judge race is the only contest going to a July 17 runoff. Jimmy Nunn finished first with 3,983 votes. He’ll face Nicholas Switzer, who received 3,753 votes. Clifford O. Hunter and Franklin “Bishop of the Blackbelt” received 1,322 and 1,183 votes, respectively. Robert W. Green had 573 votes, with Henry Lewis Moore Jr. landing 509 votes.

In the State Representative District No. 67 contest, Prince Chestnut handily defeated Jelani Coleman, receiving 75 percent of the vote. He had 7,750 votes, compared to Coleman’s 2,546.

“I hit the ground running and we got a lot of things accomplished,” Chestnut said. “I look forward to working with the newly elected officials in Selma and improve the quality of the district. We can make improvements in the District.”

In the Dallas County Circuit clerk race, Lynnethia Robinson defeated Christmas Green-Williams with 5,597 votes. Green Williams had 4,892 votes and received 46 percent of the vote.

“I wouldn’t be here if not for my father, Leonard Robinson,” Lynnethia said. “He was my biggest supporter. He worked hard just like I did. I focused on running the campaign and prayed about it.”

Here’s what happened in Tuesday’s other primary races:

Alan Dailey easily beat Martis W. Black Jr. in the Dallas County Coroner race, receiving 6,528 votes and 62.75 percentage.

“This is my fourth term, but it was the time I had an opponent,” Dailey said. “I look forward to keep serving the county.”

Roy Edwards easily won the Dallas County School Board District 2 seat, defeating Melvin Flanagan-Brown with 60 percent of the vote. Brown had 832 votes.

In the Dallas County School Board District 3 spot, Mamie Williams-Solomon won with 888 votes. Frank Chestnut Sr. was second with 395 votes, followed by Carolyn Calhoun-Bates at 353.

Terrell Marshall won the State Democratic Executive Committee male position, receiving 60.45 percent of the vote with 5,646.