The victor of the the county recorder of deeds seat may come down to a recount, with less than two votes separating the incumbent Democrat Betty Lou McKenna and Republican challenger La Mar Gunn.
Kent County voters chose a familiar face in the race for Kent County Levy Court’s at-large seat and a political newcomer as its new sheriff. Meanwhile, the victor of the the county recorder of deeds seat may come down to a recount, with less than two votes separating the incumbent Democrat Betty Lou McKenna and Republican challenger La Mar Gunn.
Kent County Recorder of Deeds
It looks like Republican La Mar Gunn could be the next Kent County Recorder of Deeds after defeating Democratic incumbent Betty Lou McKenna by two votes on Tuesday.
That ultra-thin vote margin is expected to trigger an automatic recount of absentee ballots later this week.
Gunn, a Dover financial advisor, received 19,247 votes while McKenna, a three-term incumbent, received 19,245 votes. Those totals include 800 absentee ballots recorded for McKenna and 689 absentee ballots that were counted for Gunn.
Calls to reach McKenna went unanswered Tuesday night.
Gunn, meanwhile, said he felt pretty good about his two-vote win.
“I’m thankful to the people who helped me fulfill God’s vision,” he said “I didn’t have any room for error at all so every little wave, every little door knock, every phone call, and volunteers – who came out this week after not having any the entire campaign – helped.”
Gunn said expects there will be a recount, although he still believes he’ll emerge victorious.
“I think it will end up with the same result,” he said.
Levy Court at-large
Incumbent Democrat Terry Pepper of Camden won a second consecutive term to Kent County Levy Court’s lone at-large seat on Tuesday by defeating Republican challenger Charles “Chuck” Hurd, a retired Kent County paramedic and Harrington resident, in Tuesday’s election. Pepper received 19,944 votes, or 51.5 percent of the total, while Hurd received 18,761 votes, or 48.5 percent.
Kent County Sheriff
Republican Jason Mollohan, a Dover resident and retired New Castle County police officer, was elected to Kent County Sheriff seat Tuesday over Democrat Richard Ashley, a Felton resident and retired state trooper. Mollohan received 19,895 votes, or 51.7 percent, while Ashley received 18,621 votes, or 48.3 percent of the total. The Kent County sheriff seat is currently held by Smyrna Chief of Police Norman Wood, who chose not to seek a second term.