PINEVILLE — Democratic McDonald County Sheriff Robert Evenson lost his reelection bid to Republican challenger Michael Hall Tuesday night in a close race.
Also, in the contest for McDonald County Western Commissioner, Republican David Holloway beat Democrat Nadine Sexson by a big margin.
The final tally in the sheriff's race was 3,917 for Hall to 3,804 for Evenson. Reached by phone Tuesday night, just after all the ballots were counted, Hall said he felt "pretty good, a little shaken, but pretty good."
"I appreciate all the support, and I'll work hard for the people of McDonald County for the next four years," Hall said.
Hall said his first goal as sheriff will be to fulfill a campaign promise of getting a resource officer into McDonald County schools. But for Tuesday night at least, he had more immediate plans.
"I'm just going to go home and hug my wife and kids," Hall said.
Holloway, the victor of August's Republican primary, handily defeated his Democrat opponent, 2,746 to 664.
"I just appreciate everybody's support and getting out there and voting," Holloway said.
He said that once he takes office he plans to evaluate the budget.
"I just want to see where we can go and see where we can save some money and see if we can't start improving our road system," Holloway said.
However, the first thing he said he wanted to do Tuesday night was "go home and just enjoy a little bit of time with my family."
In the McDonald County western district 911 board race, Katrina Hine beat Ted Huston 970 to 225.
Unopposed local candidates who also won in McDonald County included Bill Lant for the 159th State House District, David Sater for the 29th State Senate District, John Bunch for the County Commission Eastern District, Laura Pope for Assessor, Donna Underwood for Public Administrator, B.J. Goodwin for Coroner and Travis Green for Surveyor.