Tuesday was a great night for Escambia County incumbents, with Sheriff David Morgan and Superintendent of Schools Malcolm Thomas leading a field of officeholders who handily won reelection bids.
Morgan and Thomas were each elected to their third four-year terms. With all precincts reporting, unofficial results show Morgan winning 73% of Escambia voters, taking 105,342 total votes, to challenger Rex Blackburn’s 36,178.
The last Escambia sheriff to win three consecutive elections was Bill Davis, who served as sheriff from 1961 until 1970, when he was removed from office by Governor Reuben Askew after being indicted on breaking and entering and other charges. Davis was later acquitted of the charges, but the Florida Senate in 1974 found him guilty of malfeasance, neglect of duty and incompetence in office.
In their third matchup since 2008, Thomas again trounced challenger Claudia Williams, formerly known as Claudia Brown-Curry. Unofficial results have Thomas winning by about 44,000 votes, taking 65% of the vote to Williams’ 35 perecent. Thomas topped Williams by similar margins in 2012 and 2008.
Escambia County Commissioner Lumon May easily won his bid for a second term, netting three times as many votes as his two opponents combined. Unofficial results show May with 76% of the vote.
The three members of the Emerald Coast Utilities Authority up for reelection — Vicki Campbell, Elvin McCorvey, and Larry Walker — each won handily.