Incumbent candidate Clayton Heffley won the runoff election for the Deer/Mt. Judea Board of Education held Tuesday, June 11. The results were unofficial. Heffley captured 48 votes while his opponent, Richard Jeremiah Denniston, received 20 votes.

There was a three-way race for the position 3 seat held by Heffley. His opponents were Johnny Smith and Denniston. Also on the ballot was Junior "Pete" Edgmon for Position 5 and Justin Gilmore for Position 4. Both had been appointed to fill board vacancies.

The three-way race ended May 21 without any of the candidates receiving a majority of the votes cast. Heffley received 32 votes, but the remaining votes were divided 18 for Denniston and 13 for Smith.

Heffley carried every precinct in the runoff: Pleasant Hill, 9-5; Richland, 35-13; White, 1-0 and the early vote, 3-2.

Jeff Dezort, Newton County Times editor, has worked at the newspaper since 2001. Before that he was a reporter, photographer and assistant editor of the Harrison Daily Times.

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