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Vote 2012: Big Wins for Walton County Races

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Across Walton County, both voters and candidates are breathing a sigh of relief following Election Day. Three big races saw big wins and new tax incentives are coming to businesses.

If you ask the Economic Development Alliance, they'll tell you the big winners are new and expanding businesses.

63 percent of Walton County voters approved of the ballot referendum, which will allow the Walton County Board of Commissioners to grant tax exemptions to eligible new and expanding businesses in Walton County.

These are businesses that are bringing ten or more full time jobs to the area.

Meanwhile, at the Walton County School Board on Wednesday, it was business as usual for Superintendent Carlene Anderson.

However, she has reason to celebrate her 65/34 percent victory over challenger, Rosemary Ragle.

"It's nice to know that the voters have enough confidence in me to keep me here for another term, so that we can continue to move forward and get our students ready for the required changes that are coming under our national standards," said Anderson.

The winners of the race for Sheriff and Walton County District One Commissioner saw winning percentages over 60 percent

Incumbent Republican, Sheriff Mike Adkinson will continue for another term, taking 67 percent of the vote over challenger Danny Griffith with 32 percent.

The Sheriff was unavailable for comment on Wednesday, but News 13 did catch up with Walton County's newest Commissioner, Bill Chapman.

The Republican took the night with 65 percent of the vote, beating out challenger, Frank Day. He'll be joining a fraternity of new faces on the Walton County Board of Commissioners, including District 3's Bill Imfeld and District 5's Cindy Meadows.

All three will participate in a swearing in ceremony on November 20th before assuming their role.

Wednesday, Chapman reacted to his new title of "Commissioner."

"Well it sounded different. I've had several titles over my career, but this is a new one and it has a lot of significance for the people of the county and I am hoping I can live up to that designation," said Chapman.

A full list of all Walton County winners can be found at