By Tina Alvey
With most candidates for local offices running unopposed, much of the election day focus in Monroe County fell on contested races for sheriff and assessor.
Taking nearly 65 percent of the vote, incumbent Sheriff Mike Gravely won a second term, defeating Democratic challenger Alan P. Thomas 3,312 to 1,811, according to unofficial totals, with all 18 precincts reporting.
Democrat Norbert A. Netzel took the assessor’s job, narrowly edging out Republican Angela Miller 2,646 to 2,419.
Running unopposed were incumbent County Commissioner Shane Ashley (D), who garnered 4,017 votes and a second term; Prosecuting Attorney Justin R. St. Clair (D), re-elected with 3,892 votes; David O. Holz (D), who was elected surveyor with 3,853 votes; and incumbent magistrates Kevin L. Miller (R) and Nancy P. Crews (D), whose vote totals were 3,832 and 3,112, respectively.
Monroe County boasted a voter turnout of more than 53 percent, as 5,317 of the county’s 9,978 registered voters cast ballots.