AUTHOR: GIBSON

HED:Two advance in runoff for justice court seat

ASHLAND - A dispatcher and a sawmill owner advanced to a runoff over two other candidates in a special election for a vacant Benton County Justice Court judge's post.

Benton County Sheriff's Department dispatcher Wayne Gadd, who received 521 votes, and J.B. Ward & Son Sawmill owner Dwight "Cotton" Ward, who received 486 votes, will face each other in a Nov. 17 runoff.

They'll vie for the Post 2 justice court judgeship based on unofficial returns with all Benton County boxes reporting.

Tommy Simpson received 438 votes and Willie Thompson received 168 votes in unofficial totals.

The men are seeking the position vacated by Justice Court Judge Mark Massengill, who stepped down after moving out of the county.

- Michaela Gibson Morris

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