LOCAL ELECTION RUNDOWN: WHO’S WHO
By WVUA 23 Web Reporter Abby Banks
Voters headed to the polls to cast their vote in the presidential primaries and for their choice in a number of local positions.
In the district attorney race, the Republican candidates were incumbent Lyn Head and challenger Hayes Webb.
Head worked as deputy district attorney and was appointed to office in 2013 after the retirement of long-time District Attorney Tommy Smith.
Webb served in U.S. Marine Corps and currently works as a family law attorney in Tuscaloosa.
The winner will face Democrat Dennis Steverson in November.
After the retirement of Judge Joel Chandler, the race for the seat of district court judge place two is between three Republicans: Tuscaloosa attorney Jim Gentry, criminal defense attorney Michael Upton, and assistant District Attorney Eddie Sherlock.
In Tuscaloosa County district six, two Republican candidates are running for school board seat.
Incumbent Joe Boteler is a Naval Academy graduate and an alumni of Holt High School, which is in district six.
Challenger Randy Smalley is a local business owner and graduate of Tuscaloosa High School and the University of Alabama.
There are 10 schools in District Six, including Hillcrest High School and Brookwood High School.
In the race for Tuscaloosa County district four county commissioner, there are three democratic candidates.
Incumbent and local business owner Reginald Murray was on the ballot, as well as challengers Gregelyn Robertson and former Northport City Councilman Steve Webb.
For Tuscaloosa County Commission District 2, incumbent Jerry Tingle is facing off against political newcomers Wendy Bush and Duane Garner.
Voters also voted on a decision for or against Amendment One.
Currently in Alabama, district attorneys and circuit clerks are not paying into the retirement, but by law they are eligible to draw retirement. This also means they are available to be called back to duty at any time.
Voting “yes” will put DA’s and circuit clerks on a standard retirement system where they contribute to their retirement. It the amendment passes, it could save taxpayers millions of dollars.