Democrats Sweep Local Elections - Obama Wins Presidential Race Easily
LABELLE, FL. (Tuesday November 4, 2008) -- With 65% of Hendry county registered voters casting a ballot, the big local winner is Steve Whidden as new Hendry Sheriff, winning with 51% of the vote to incumbent Ronnie Lee's 49%. Democrats swept all the Hendry races except for one county commission seat, going to Republican Tris Chapman, formerly with U.S. Sugar management.
In the presidential race, Democrat Barack Obama easily took the lead over John McCain and wins as the 44th President of the United States, and the first African-American President of the U.S.
Clerk of Court Barbara Butler kept her job with 54% compared to Jennifer Davis' 46% of the votes.
Phil Pelletier narrowly takes over as the new Property Appraiser over Kristina Kulpa in an unofficial count of 5,255 votes to Kulpa's 5,250.
Rick Murphy, former school board member, is the new Superintendent with 58% over Robert Egley's 42%.
In the county Commission races, Janet Taylor kept her chair for yet another term with 73% over Phillip Roland's 27% of the votes. Tris Chapman takes his seat with 47% over challenger Ramon Rodriquez and Don Davis.
Port LaBelle's new Community Development District commissioner is Jennifer Daniels-Derleth winning over incumbent Mike Arndt with 76% of the votes to Arndt's 34%. Daniels-Derleth is the first commissioner to represent the Hendry county side of Port LaBelle in many years. The remainder of the current Port LaBelle CDD commissioners live in Glades county in the upscale Port LaBelle Ranchettes, as does Arndt.
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