By DEUCE NIVEN
Sheriff Lewis Hatcher will face a tough political opponent as he seeks re-election in the November general election, based on the results of Tuesday’s Democrat and Republican primaries.
Meanwhile incumbent Columbus County Commissioner and current chairman Amon McKenzie suffered defeat in the Democrat primary, falling to Jerome McMillian in a three-man race for the post.
Republican Randy D. Williams will face McMillian on the November b allot.
Incumbent commissioner Charles T. McDowell easily won the Democrat nomination over Johnny Edge, and does not face a challenger in November.
S. Jody Greene handily won the GOP nomination for the sheriff’s office with more than 85 percent of the vote in the unofficial counting, leaving Mark Lewis in the dust.
Hatcher’s win was nearly as impressive, claiming 81 percent of the vote, overwhelming Democrat challenger Tim Floyd.
Unofficial vote totals were 3,583 for Hatcher, 813 for Floyd; 1,406 for Greene, 245 for Lewis.
For more on Tuesday’s primaries see tomorrow’s Tabor-Loris Tribune in print and online.