HANCOCK COUNTY | A political newcomer and an incumbent have been elected to the Hancock County Board of Supervisors.
Gary Rayhons of Garner received the most votes with 2,734, or 32 percent, and Florence “Sis” Greiman of Garner, who has been on the board for 15 years, garnered 2,471 votes, or 29 percent.
Both candidates said they were grateful to the residents who supported them.
“I’m overwhelmed and humbled by the support I got in the county and I’m looking forward to serving the residents in Hancock County as their new supervisor,” Rayhons said.
Rayhons and Greiman were among four candidates, including two Republicans and two Democrats, who ran for two supervisor seats in the general election Tuesday, Nov. 6.
The Democrats were Donny Schleusner and Ted Hall.
“I’m thankful for all of the people who came out to vote and support me,” Greiman said. “There were four excellent candidates to choose from who would do a good job.”
Schleusner received 1,824 votes, or 22 percent, and Hall garnered 1,399, or 17 percent.
Also on the ballot were County Recorder Tracy Marshall, County Treasurer Deborah Engstler and County Attorney Blake Norman, who ran unopposed as Republicans in the general election.
Marshall received 4,180 votes. Engstler garnered 4,270 votes, and Norman received 4,051 votes.
Greiman congratulated the candidates who were victorious in the general election, including Rayhons, and stated she looked forward to working with them in the future.
Rayhons, who will be sworn in as supervisor in January, said he’s in the “green stage,” but looks forward to listening to the concerns of Hancock County residents and “doing the best” for them.
Greiman agreed, adding the New Year will be filled with discussions about county building improvements, infrastructure upgrades and the budget, among other things.
Of the 7,869 registered voters in Hancock County, 4,839, or 61 percent, were cast Tuesday, according to the unofficial election results. All results are unofficial until canvassed by the county board of supervisors.