By Dawn Krebs
ST. LUCIE COUNTY - For newly formed state Districts 55 and 84, the primary election revealed a local winner, and a runoff in a race that had separated the candidates by less than 30 votes.
In District 84, three local Democrats threw in their hats for the seat: Adam Fetterman, Larry Lee and Kevin Stinnette. District 84 exists solely in St. Lucie County.
After Aug. 14, Mr. Lee, an insurance agent of Port St. Lucie received 5,455 votes or 52.58 percent to secure the seat. The second-highest vote getter was Adam Fetterman, with 4,179 votes or 40.28 percent.
Mr. Lee will move on to the November election, running against Republican Michelle Miller of Fort Pierce.
In the race for the state house District 55 seat, Republicans Cary Pigman and Randy Johnson watched as their race went to a recount, with Mr. Pigman becoming the eventual winner.
In St. Lucie County, Mr. Johnson received 336 votes or 67.33 percent, while Mr. Pigman received 163 votes or 32.67 percent.
But after all four counties the district covers were counted, Mr. Pigman was ahead by just 23 votes overall. Because they were separated by less than one-half of 1 percent of the total vote, that triggered a recount.
On Aug. 18, Mr. Pigman was declared the winner of the seat, with the final vote tally of 5,980 to Mr. Johnson's 5,946. He will face off against Democrat Crystal Drake in the Nov. 6 general election.