The 2006 elections primary is now a thing of the past but most winners are now working toward the Nov. 7 general election when they will meet their competitor and the voters will decide who will be their pick in those races.

Locally, some have already won their races.

In the District 4 County Commission race, incumbent commissioner Billy Maxwell won re-election, beating out two challengers, Linda Dye and Diana Robinson. Maxwell will be sworn in Nov. 21 for four more years on the board.

In the District 3 School Board race, incumbent Julie Ulmer handily won re-election, beating her only challenger, Dan Marsee.

In the District 4 School Board race, current School Board member Barbara Ceryak is retiring in November and did not seek re-election. Former school administrator James Cooper and Wellborn resident Jane Lowe, who is a teacher, won the top slots in this non-partisan race and will meet Nov. 7 for the voters to decide who will represent that area. Candidate for the seat Ed daSilva was eliminated in this tight race Sept. 5 by the voters.

The winner of both school board races will take office in late November.

Statewide, Alachua Senator Rod Smith (D) made a serious run for governor but lost to Tampa Democratic US representative Jim Davis.

In the Republican race, Florida Attorney General put a whipping on Florida Chief Financial Officer Tom Gallagher, putting him in the race against Davis on the Nov. 7 for governor.

In the race for Florida Attorney General, Democrat Walter “Skip” Campbell will square off against Republican Bill McCollum, former congressman from Orlando on the Nov. 7 ballot. Crist currently holds that position.

Republican Tom Lee will square off against Democrat Alex Sink in November for the Chief Financial Officer seat being vacated by Gallagher.

In the US Senate race, Republican Congresswoman Katherine Harris won the right to face off with incumbent Democratic Senator Bill Nelson in the general election in November.

Republican David Pope will face Democrat Debbie Boyd in November as they seek the District 11 State Representative seat now held by Dwight Stansel.

Suwannee County Supervisor of Elections Glenda Williams said of the 23,410 registered voters in the county, only 6,397 or 27.33 percent, turned out to vote Sept. 5.

There were 609 early voters and 1,096 absentee ballots, Williams said.

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