Election update: Russell County Commission

Chance Corbett said he is "excited" about unseating Mervin Dudley for the District 6 seat on the Russell County Commission.

Dudley has held the office for 12 years.

"Getting 65 percent of the vote is great." Corbett said Tuesday night.

Corbett, who is associate director of emergency management at Auburn University, said the margin of victory didn't surprise him because he heard a lot of people saying it was time for a change.

Infrastructure and road issues in Russell County must be addressed, he said, and he is ready to do so. He said he is ready to work with the other commissioners to solve the county's problems.

In other Russell County Commission races, chairwoman Peggy J. Martin defeated J.W. Brannen in District 3 with some 54 percent of the vote.

Commissioner Ronnie Reed fended off a challenge from Isaiah Sumbry in District 4 with 56 percent of the vote, and Commissioner Larry D. Screws held on against retired veterinarian William B. Smith in District 7.

Screws took about 58 percent of the vote to Smith's 42 percent. "I'm very pleased that the citizens of District 7 felt like I deserved another term," Screws said, "and I'm here to serve them for four more years."

Tommy J. Pugh beat Bernard McKissic for Place 3 on the Russell County School Board -- winning 61 percent to 38 percent. Joseph Williams beat Jennifer J. Young for Place 6 on the school board, garnering about 75 percent of the vote.

Russell County Probate Judge Alford M. Harden Jr., the county's elections director, said turnout Tuesday was "phenomenal" at about 61 percent.