By Dawn Krebs
ST. LUCIE COUNTY - The August primary for county commission seats in Districts 1 and 5 decided the final candidates for the general election in November.
Bob Benton defeated Billy O'Dell in the District 1 Republican primary.
Mr. Benton received 10,131 votes or 60.62 percent to Mr. O'Dell's 6,580 votes or 39.38 percent.
"I am excited, honored and blessed to be moving forward to the general election," Mr. Benton said. "I want to thank my friends, family and community for their support and opportunity to continue to serve them."
Mr. Benton is currently the mayor of Fort Pierce, but threw his hat in the ring for the commissioner seat when current commissioner Chris Craft announced he was running for the tax collector seat.
Mr. Benton will face incumbent Democrat Chris Dzadovsky in November.
"I look forward to the general election on Nov. 6, and I look forward to hearing your concerns and working together towards real solutions for our beautiful community. Together, we can move St. Lucie County towards a brighter future for everyone."
In District 5, two races took place on Aug. 14 between seven candidates in both the Democrat and Republican parties.
The democratic nod went to Kim Johnson, who had 6,633 votes or 42.66 percent of the vote. He defeated Charles Grande, John Culverhouse and Patrick Campion for the seat.
"I want to thank first and foremost God, for giving me the strength to pursue this," Mr. Johnson said. "I also want to thank my wife, my children and my family members abroad, as well as people of St. Lucie County who voted for me, as we are all part of the St. Lucie County family.
"I am looking forward to November and I believe as a county we're taking the first step to making real change," he said. "The results of the primary spoke for itself, and real people are looking for real ideas, real innovation and real commitment that can create real opportunities that will bring real change for everyone."
In November, Mr. Johnson will face off against Republican candidate Bobby Hopkins.
Mr. Hopkins received 7,260 votes, or 44.19 percent to defeat opponents Al Rivett and Cush "Chip" Radebaugh.
Mr. Hopkins could not be reached for comment.