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Super Tuesday results bring new face to Macon Commission

The Macon County Board of Commissioners election on Super Tuesday resulted in significant changes in District III, while District II saw a continuation of the incumbent’s tenure.

In District III, challenger Barry Breeden defeated incumbent Commissioner Paul Higdon. The race was closely watched, and Breeden’s victory marks a change in leadership for the district. Higdon, who has served on the board for the last 10 years, recently serving as Chairman, will end his tenure this December after Tuesday’s loss. Breeden was elected after receiving 3,319 votes to Higdon’s 3,091.

“Thank you, Macon County, for the amazing support shown over the last two weeks,” Breeden said Tuesday night. “I appreciate all the Board of Elections workers who managed the early voting polls, all the workers today to make this a successful election, and most of all, all this ewho came out to vote for me today…I am thankful and look forward to the opportunity to pour into the future of Macon County.”

In District II, incumbent Josh Young decisively won re-election, defeating challenger Chris Browning with 3,935 votes to Browning’s 2,511. Young, who currently serves as Vice-Chair of the board will continue serving for another four year term.

“I want to give a sincere Thank You to Macon County,” Josh Young said Wednesday morning. “I’m so excited to have the opportunity to keep working for our small community. All the love, support, and trust shown over the past few weeks have been so humbling to see. Thank you!”

With no Democrats on the primary ballot, Breeden and Young, the winners of Tuesday’s Republican Primary, are expected to be sworn in this December to serve their terms on the Macon County Board of Commissioners.

Just shy of 30 percent of registered voters in Macon County showed up at the polls for Super Tuesday, with 8,415 ballots cast out of the 28,362 registered voters in Macon County.

Federally, President Joe Biden received the Democratic vote for President and former President Donald Trump secured 73.86 percent of the Republican vote, winning the Republican nominee for the state. Incumbent District 11 US House of Representative Chuck Edwards won his primary election, beating fellow Republican Christian Regan with 66,475 votes to Reagan’s 29,982. Rep. Edwards will face Democratic challenger Caleb Rudow on the November ballot.

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