Final election results released

Published 9:00 am Thursday, November 16, 2023

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So who won? That was one of the biggest questions we got after Election Night. The problem was that in some cases, races were too tight to call, as the amount of provisional and early voting ballots could have easily shifted the results. But now, a week later, the ballots have been counted and we have winners across Charlotte County.

The closest race in the county was won by just 12 votes. That was between Rick Brown and Ennis Jones Jr. for a county seat on the Charlotte County School Board. Brown won with 296 votes, compared to 284 for Jones. 

The race to be the next Soil and Water Conservation Director also down to the wire. In the Charlotte County voting, it was William Nichols Jr. beating Davey Ferrell 2,778 to 2,493. For the Clerk of Court, it was Annette Clowdis beating Heather Brown 2,275 to 1,568. We’ve already mentioned Randy Grissom taking over as sheriff, along with William E. Green Jr. winning the Commonwealth’s Attorney race, in which he ran unopposed. Naisha Carter also ran unopposed in the Commissioner of Revenue spot and won, as did Patricia Berkeley as County Treasurer. 


Noah Davis ran unopposed for the Drakes Branch seat on the Board of Supervisors, with the same happening to Gary D. Walker for a county seat on the board. The biggest competition came for the Bacon-Saxe District, where four candidates competed to represent the area. Derek Toombs won the race with 48% of the vote, or 275 ballots. The others were much farther behind. George Toombs came in second with 21% of the vote, JonPaul Berkley drew 15% of the vote and Will Garnett ended up with 14%. 

For the school board, it was Gloria Talbott winning the Drakes Branch seat with 97% of the vote. Scotty Hamlett also ran unopposed for Cullen-Red House District seat on school board and while Lauren Willis technically ran unopposed, she only claimed 69% of the ballots, with write-ins making up the extra 30%.