Walter Coburn, 57, could become Winston County's first black sheriff. Results from the recent general election show Coburn, a Democrat, leading his independent opponent Ronnie Flake by a couple dozen votes.
With such a close margin, Flake has requested a review of the voting boxes. Officials say ultimately the case could end up in court.
Although he declined comment on camera, Coburn says he's optimistic.
"I feel like it will be in my favor. I feel very much it will," he said.
Also in Nov. 4 voting, three incumbent supervisors were defeated.
That includes the board's president, Bob Goodin, who had been on the board more than 20 years. District 5 supervisor Randall Johnson was defeated, along with District 3 supervisor Michael Peterson who lost in the Democratic primary. Republican Tom Blalock will take his seat in January.
Blalock moved to Louisville from Meridian almost 12 years ago. The retired banker has made history in the county by becoming the first Republican elected in a majority black district.
"I was happily surprised with the results, but I had good folks on both sides helping me," said Blalock. "So, I attribute the win to that really."
According to Winston County Circuit Clerk Glenda Johnson, the recent election was full of surprises and close races.
"We had a supervisor's race five votes apart," Johnson said. "So, we've really had a big turnout in all of our elections this year and the votes have been close."
Speaking of close races, officials say it could be another day or so before the box review is finished in the Winston County sheriff's race.
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