Tennyson Smith defeats Pelt for Commission seat Greene County has high turnout for straight Democratic ticket; Not enough to stem state trend for Republicans

Gov. Kay Ivey and Tennyson Smith

Unofficial vote totals for Tuesday’s General Election show that 4,183 of Greene County’s 7,050 registered voters (59.3%) turned out and voted overwhelming for the straight Democratic ticket. In Greene County, in the Governor’s race, Democratic candidate, Walt Maddox received 3,506 votes (84.1%) to 661 votes (15.1%) for incumbent Republican Kay Ivey. Statewide Ivey received 849,410 (61%) to 562,521 (39%) for Maddox. Ivey becomes Alabama’s second woman Governor and at 74, the oldest elected Governor in the nation. In other statewide contests, the Republican candidates were all successful in their races including: Will Ainsworth for Lieutenant Governor, Steve Marshall for Attorney General, Tom Parker for Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, John H. Merrill for Secretary of State, John McMillan for State Treasurer, Jim Ziegler for State Auditor, Rick Pate for Commissioner of Agriculture, Jeremy H. Oden, Public Service Commission, Place 1 and Chris ‘Chip” Beeker Jr., Public Service Commission Place 2. Beeker is a native and resident of Greene County. All seven of Alabama’s incumbent Congresspersons were reelected, including Terri Sewell, who ran unopposed for the 7th District. Sewell is the only Democrat in Alabama’s delegation to Congress. In local Greene County races, Tennyson Smith was reelected County Commissioner in District 2 by a vote of 620 defeating Independent Latoya ‘Mi-Mi’ Pelt with 191 votes. Tennyson Smith will be joining Commissioners Lester ‘Bop’ Brown (District 1), Corey Cockrell (District 3), Allen Turner, Jr. (District 4), and Roshonda Summerville (District 5), who were Democratic nominees from the primary who were unopposed in the General Election. This election also officially confirmed the election of other Greene County office holders who were nominated in the Democratic primary and unopposed in this election. This includes: Eddie Hardaway Jr, Circuit Judge, Veronica Morton-Jones, Circuit Clerk, Rolanda H. Wedgeworth, Judge of Probate, Jonathan ‘Joe” Benison, Sheriff, and Ronald ‘Kent’ Smith, Coroner. Greene County will also be represented by the same legislative delegation including Bobby Singleton, State Senator District 24, A. J. McCampbell, State Representative District No. 71 and Ralph A. Howard, State Representative District 72, who were unopposed and elected in yesterday’s election. All four State Amendments on the ballot were approved statewide by a 60% margin, however in Greene County voters opposed amendments 1, 2 and 4. Amendment 2, which says that Alabamians recognize the rights of the unborn, could lead to the outlawing of abortions and certain contraceptive measures in the future.

Benison seeks re-election as Sheriff



Sheriff Jonathan Joe Benison (1)

I, Jonathan “Joe” Benison, proudly announce my candidacy for re-election for Sheriff of Greene County in Alabama’s June 5, 2018 Primary Election.
I am a native of Greene County, having served Greene County early on in my career as a Deputy Sheriff under the late Honorable Sheriff Thomas Gilmore and the late Honorable Sheriff James Flannigan. I then proceeded with an upstanding career as an Alabama State Trooper for 24 years.
After less than a year of retirement, with my county’s support, I won the Democratic Primary in June 2010 and was appointed by then Governor Bob Riley to begin my first tenure as Sheriff early beginning December 2010.
After serving my first term, the citizens once again showed their trust in me and re-elected me for a second term as Sheriff of Greene County in 2014.
My diverse knowledge in law enforcement provides me with a unique experience that allows me to serve the citizens at the highest ability. Together, we can continue to make Greene County even better. Over my two terms, I set out to deliver more funding, more service and more stability for Greene County residents. I hope that I have exceeded your expectations because I have strived to do just that..

Since last election, Greene County has acquired its fifth bingo facility, resulting in yet another revenue stream to contribute to Greene County’s organizations and charities. The funding from bingo benefits each and every citizen. I want to continue to protect that resource for all citizens.
The Sheriff’s Department has obtained new equipment, patrol vehicles and a K-9 division all with the goal of better serving and protecting you in mind. Although tools and equipment are essential to our jobs, we want to be able to connect with the very citizens we serve. To accomplish this, I felt that diversity was the key. We recently added a female deputy to our team; a department that looks more like the people can better serve the people.
While these are just glimpses of what my team and I have accomplished, I hope you feel that we’ve made Greene County’s safety and progress our main goal over the years. I’d be honored to continue to be your Sheriff because we have more work to do. For 35 years, law enforcement has been my life; there is nothing else I’d rather dedicate myself to, there are no people I’d rather dedicate myself to than the residents of Greene County. Let’s continue to move forward. I want to keep protecting and serving the citizens of Greene County and keep fighting for Constitutional Amendment 743 that the good people of this great county voted for.
Accept no substitutions and let the work I’ve done speak for me. So please vote for me, Jonathan “Joe” Benison to be your Sheriff once again. Thank you and may God Bless us all.