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Jopling, McCorkle win McDuffie commission seats

Paul William McCorkle and Dr. William "Bill" Jopling won seats on the McDuffie County Board of Commissioners during Tuesday's Primary Election.

Meanwhile, in neighboring Warren County, Sheriff Joe Peebles easily turned back challenger Ricky Tarver to win re-election for another four years, while Warren County Superior Court Clerk Shirley Cheeley defeated Melissa Callaway.

"It's great that it's over," exclaimed Mr. McCorkle of his victory over John H. Seay for the District 2, Seat-A post. "I thought we both ran a good clean race. I think I may have edged him by the fact that I'm a hometown boy."

Mr. McCorkle garnered 927 votes or 57.61 percent to Mr. Seay's 682 votes or 42.39 percent, according to figures released by McDuffie County Elections Director Phyllis Wheeler. Mr. Seay is a retired special agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and a member of the McDuffie County Hospital Authority.

"I'm looking forward to serving all the people of McDuffie County - not just the people in my district," added Mr. McCorkle, owner of Interstate Equipment Company in Thomson.

He was accompanied by his wife, Bonnie, and other family members when returns were being tabulated at McDuffie County Elections Central.

Dr. Jopling, a longtime practicing dentist in Thomson, won the District 2, Seat-B post on the McDuffie County Board of Commissioners by defeating incumbent Commissioner J. Robert "Bob" Farr. Dr. Jopling collected 1,045 votes or 64.87 percent. Mr. Farr received 566 votes or 35.13 percent.

"I feel really good about having won," Dr. Jopling told The McDuffie Mirror during a telephone interview from his home late Tuesday.

Dr. Jopling said he thought the big difference in his big win over Mr. Farr, a retired farmer and two-term commissioner, was "change."

In Warren County, Sheriff Peebles defeated Mr. Tarver, a deputy with the Taliaferro County Sheriff's Department. Sheriff Peebles garnered 1,002 votes to Mr. Tarver's 440 votes.

Meanwhile in the race for Superior Court clerk there, Mrs. Cheeley defeated Mrs. Callaway with 966 votes to 820 votes.

In an uncontested race for McDuffie County Superior Court Clerk, Incumbent Connie Cheatham collected the most votes of any local elected official. Mrs. Cheatham collected a total of 1,710 votes.

Web posted on Thursday, July 17, 2008

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