CARROLLTON — The Democratic race to replace retiring Carroll County Chancery Clerk Sugar Mullins is headed for a runoff.

In Tuesday’s balloting, Casey Carpenter, the Carrollton owner of a tree-cutting service, led a three-person field, capturing 38% of the vote. He will face Vaiden businesswoman Christy Noah in an Aug. 27 runoff. Noah had 34%, with absentee and affidavit ballots still to be counted.

Monica Jones, a deputy chancery clerk from the Jefferson community, took 27%.

The winner of the runoff will face independents Jenifer Houston and Danette Corder Roland in the November general election.

Carpenter, 38, could not be immediately reached for comment.

Noah, 51, said she would quickly resume her door-to-door campaigning.

“I’m just going to get back out there and start hitting it again for the next few weeks. Not backing up,” she said. “I’ve run a long, hard, clean race. I’m proud of that.”

In other countywide races, the three incumbents — Sheriff Clint Walker, Circuit Clerk Durward Stanton and Tax Assessor/Collector Wilton Neal — won their Democratic primary races comfortably. Walker and Stanton face no challengers in the general election and thus will return to office, Walker for a second term and Stanton for a fifth. Neal, who is seeking an 11th term, still must face independent Donna Gregg Harper in the November general election.

Walker took 66% of the vote compared to 34% for challenger David Mims, a former Carroll County deputy.

Stanton received 71% to easily defeat challenger Chuck Elliott, a self-employed businessman making his first run for office. Neal had the closest race of the three, receiving 58% of the vote to turn back pharmacist Melinda Sanders Alderman.

Contact Tim Kalich at 581-7243 or tkalich@gwcommonwealth.com.

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