COVINGTON - Keith Ellis is the new chairman of the Board of Commissioners, beating Democrat Marcus Jordan by 742 votes. Ellis received 50.89 percent of the vote, or 21,144 votes to Jordan's 20,402 votes.
District 3 Commissioner Nancy Schulz won a second term, handily beating Republican Kevin Wade with 70.59 percent of the vote. Shulz garnered 6,399 votes to Wade's 2,666.
"I'm thrilled. I'm really excited that the voters in District 3 gave me this opportunity to serve them again," Schulz said.
During her campaign, Schulz said that if reelected her number one priority would be the economy and jobs, specifically attracting new businesses and retaining existing businesses.
In the District 5 commission race, Republican Levie Maddox net 61.13 percent of the vote to beat Democrat Marcello Banes. Maddox received 5,352 votes to Banes' 3,403 votes.
Incumbent Tommy Davis bested Democratic challenger Robert Bradley with 52.53 percent of the vote, or 21,675 votes to 19,589.
All three referendums related to alcohol sales passed. Allowing distilled spirits sells by the drink in the unincorporated county was approved by nearly 69 percent of voters; alcohol by the drink sales on Sundays and package sales of beer and wine on Sundays were approved by about 64 percent.
Voter turnout was just shy of 75 percent, with 43,425 of the county's 57,939 registered voters casting ballots.