Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

1 Commissioner Loses, Another Faces Runoff Crescent City Mayor Defeats Grisham

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

1 Commissioner Loses, Another Faces Runoff Crescent City Mayor Defeats Grisham

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PALATKA -- Putnam County Commissioner Howard Grisham lost a re-election bid yesterday, and fellow Commissioner Bill Watts will face an Oct. 3 runoff to keep his seat.

Crescent City Mayor Nancy Harris defeated Grisham in the Democratic primary and won election to the District 1 post. No Republican filed to run in the November general election.

Watts will face Hermon Somers in the Democratic Party runoff because neither won more than 50 percent of the vote.

Also headed for a runoff are Mary Kay Engelking and Brad Purcell, vying for the Democratic nomination for the District 5 commission seat.

Palatka Mayor Tim Smith won the race for clerk of court, while Supervisor of Elections Don Hersey Sr. handily won the Democratic Party's nomination in his re-election bid.

A crowded field sought election to the Putnam County Commission, where there was the possibility that newcomers would fill three of the five seats. Candidates campaigned on who could best attract development to Putnam without jeopardizing its scenic, rural lifestyle.

Harris, 53, won the election without a runoff by capturing nearly 51 percent of the vote.

In District 3, which represents East Palatka, Watts, 47, co-owner of Watts Funeral Home, led Somers but fell short of a majority to avoid being in a runoff. Somers, 58, is an instructor at Palatka High School. Waiting in the wings for the Nov. 7 election will be Republican nominee Terry Turner, 45, owner of a contracting company.

In the District 5 seat, which represents Palatka and is open because Charles "Skeet" Alford is running for the state House, neither Engelking nor Purcell came close to a majority in the Democratic primary. Engelking, 52, is a real estate agent, and Purcell, 38, is an environmental consultant.

The Republican nominee is Jim Bellamy, 62, an industrial refrigeration specialist.

The planned retirement of Court Clerk Ed Brooks put the clerk's seat up for grabs in the Democratic primary. …

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