COVINGTON -- There will be a runoff in the District 5 Board of Commissioners race between Republicans Ronnie Dimsdale and Levie Maddox.
Dimsdale and Maddox tied each other with 29.8 percent of the vote, according to uncertified results from the Board of Elections office. Each received 740 votes.
"You never know until the votes are in, but I sort of anticipated it would be a runoff between me and Levie," said Dimsdale, who formerly represented District 2 on the BOC. "Levie's a good guy."
Maddox called it an "incredible day." "I'm excited. That shows you that we had at least three gentlemen candidates in that race. I've got respect for Mr. Dimsdale and Mr. Rutberg. I am very humble and very appreciative."
A total of 2,483 ballots were cast in the Republican primary, and three of the four candidates were extremely close. Jared Rutberg received 28.76 percent, or 714 votes. Wesley Dowdy trailed behind with 11.64 percent, or 289 votes.
The runoff is Aug. 21.
In the Democratic primary, businessman Marcello Banes beat Phil Johnson with 62.5 percent of the vote. A total of 1,096 ballots were cast in that race, with Banes receiving 685 and Johnson receiving 411.
"First of all I want to thank the Lord, my savior Jesus Christ, for making all this possible," Banes said. "I also want to thank my family, who has been a tremendous help to me, my friends, my church members and all the citizens of District 5 for going out and casting their vote. I want to thank Mr. Phil Johnson who made the statement that said we were not going to do any negative campaigning. He was a man of his word, and a great man of integrity."
In the District 3 Democratic Primary, incumbent Nancy Schulz beat Tony Flanagan with 56.42 percent of the vote. A total of 1,691 ballots were cast, with Schulz garnering 954 votes to Flanagan's 737.
Schulz has served one term on the BOC and if reelected said she would focus on economic development and jobs. She will face Republican Kevin Wade in November.