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Stevens holds off Young to retain sheriff position

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

NEW MADRID - New Madrid County residents picked some new faces to fill county offices during Tuesday's primary election.

With 4,819 voters coming to the polls to cast ballots, an overwhelming majority opted for the Democratic ballot, which featured the local races. No candidates for countywide offices filed on the Republican, Libertarian or Constitution party ballots.

Drawing the most interest was the three-way race for sheriff where incumbent Terry Stevens was opposed by Anthony Young and Bill Bumpus.

Stevens fought off the challengers garnering 51.42 percent of the vote. The unofficial tally provided by the office of County Clerk Clement Cravens gave Stevens, 2,064 votes, while 1,890 votes went to Young and Bumpus came in third with 60 votes.

As the final tally was announced, Stevens gave his wife a hug and thanked God. "I praise God. I give him all the credit," Stevens said. "I'm humbled to serve another four years," he added thanking his supporters.

County Coroner Jimmy McSpadden and challenger George A. DeLisle faced off in a hotly contested race which saw DeLisle win with just over 59 percent of the vote. There were 2,329 ballots cast for DeLisle and McSpadden picked up 1,611 votes.

DeLisle said he was overwhelmed by the win. "It was a lot of hard work but I met a lot of good folks," he said about his summer of campaigning. "I will work hard at the job," he promised.

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