GOP Sweeps Cass County Races
By Bobby Horn Jr.
Special to the Journal
Mirroring the Republican takeover of the U.S. Senate, the Cass County GOP swept three contested county races Tuesday. Five other Republicans were uncontested in county races.
According to unofficial returns, Randal Lee will become the county’s next criminal district attorney after beating current Assistant D.A. Tina M. Richardson 4,590 to 2,363. Lee is a former Cass County DA.
Lee built up a commanding lead in early voting taking 1,623 votes to Richardson’s 896. On Election Day he more than doubled her with 2,967 votes to 1,467.
Jamie A. O’Rand (R) unseated Incumbent Jannis Mitchell 3,985 to 2,963 to become the next county clerk. Mitchell actually held a lead during the early voting period 1,276 to 1,257. However, on Election Day O’Rand outpaced Mitchell by more than 1,000 votes.