Patterson wins

Lee Patterson campaigns Tuesday on the Public Square in Jacksonville.

Lee Patterson won his bid for the Calhoun County Commissioner District 5 seat Tuesday, besting a field of four other candidates and avoiding the need for a runoff.

Patterson earned 1,500 votes Tuesday, nearly 52 percent of the vote. The next-closest candidates were Phillip Pritchett, who had 496 votes, and Jay Dill, who had 456 votes.

Provisional ballots have yet to be counted in that race, but Patterson’s opponents would need more than 100 votes in those ballots to force a runoff between Patterson and Pritchett. Pritchett had already congratulated Patterson on a win Tuesday night.

Patterson said he did not think he would win the election outright in the primaries.

“I thought it would be a runoff,” Patterson said. “I’m overwhelmed. I’m just overwhelmed.”

Patterson said his plans as county commissioner will begin with learning the needs of his district. To start that process, he will meet with county administrators, city leaders in Jacksonville, Piedmont and Pleasant Valley, and all of the district’s residents.

When he has determined the needs of his district, he will determine what plans and projects to put into place, he said.

“I need to meet with concerned citizens and see their needs,” Patterson said. “And from there, I’ll have some projects and more specifics.