Nassau County residents vote in droves

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  • Dozens of people supporting various local, state and federal candidates rallied in front of many of the precincts in Nassau County, including the Atlantic Recreation Center in Fernandina Beach, as seen here. JULIA ROBERTS/NEWS-LEADER
    Dozens of people supporting various local, state and federal candidates rallied in front of many of the precincts in Nassau County, including the Atlantic Recreation Center in Fernandina Beach, as seen here. JULIA ROBERTS/NEWS-LEADER
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The Fernandina Beach City Commission has one new commissioner, but voters will decide Dec. 8 on another new commissioner in a runoff election.

Nearly 59,000 Nassau County residents cast ballots through the mail, early voting or Tuesday on Election Day.

Vote totals were released by the Nassau County Supervisor of Elections Office before 8 p.m. Tuesday. All results are unofficial until certification.

Bradley Bean defeated Marian Phillips in the Fernandina Beach City Commission Group 1 race, 4,933-3,916 (55.75%-44.25%). Bean replaces Johnny Miller, who was term limited.

In the Group 2 race, David Sturges and Genece Minshew advanced to a Dec. 8 runoff because neither captured a majority of the votes (50%, plus one vote). Sturges had 3,720 votes and Minshew had 2,550 votes, while Alexandra Lajoux finished third in the race with 2,299 votes. The winner replaces Philip Chapman, who opted not to run for re-election.

In the Group 3 race for City Commission, incumbent Chip Ross cruised past Wendall McGahee, 4,710-3,999 (54.08%-45.92%).

Nassau County’s new county judge will be Jenny Higginbotham Barrett, who topped John Cascone, 31,877-22,177 (58.97%-41.03%). Barrett, a Callahan native and finance attorney, replaces Judge Wesley R. Poole.

In other races:

• Joe Johnson defeated Devin Mizell for the Group 4 seat on the Nassau County Soil and Water Conservation District board. Johnson won 53.71% of the vote.

• Jeffry Snow defeated Elizabeth Dominguez for Seat 1 on the Amelia Concourse Community Development District board. Snow won 52.53% of the vote.

• In the nonbinding straw ballot for Fernandina Beach mayor, Mike Lednovich collected almost 700 more votes than Len Kreger.

• President Donald Trump handedly carried a majority of voters in Nassau County with 72.27% of the vote (42,388 votes). Joe Biden was at 26.41% percent (15,489 votes).

Nassau County had its highest turnout percentage in history at 81.48%, besting the 81.20% turnout from the 2008 election.

In the 2016 general election, voter turnout was 77.10%, while the 2012 election saw 78.97% of Nassau voters cast ballots in the general election.

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