With primaries out of the way, remaining Madison County Commission candidates look ahead

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MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT)-- Candidates across the Tennessee Valley have had a full day to think about Tuesday's election results.

Some candidates say technical difficulties getting election updates out online in Madison County kept them wondering how they did, longer than usual.

Once those results came in, it became more clear that District 6's Bob Harrison will keep his seat, prevailing over Vernon McCants. There is no Republican challenger in November.

But the people of two other districts will need to wait to find out who will fill those seats next term.

In District 3, Eddie Sisk will face Craig Hill in a runoff for the seat.

"I'm feeling great, I'm proud of the numbers that came in with a three-person race," said Sisk.

"58% of people want a change in District 3," remarked Craig Hill. "It's exciting for us. We have to go back to work."

While both men are happy to have whittled the competition during the primary, there's another challenge ahead. They must urge people in their district out to vote for them again. This runoff election will be highly specific, since it will only pertain to District 3 and it's possible it could only be their names on the ballot.

Sisk said he's familiar with runoffs, and hopes for another victory.

"I got in a runoff and actually won it by 32 votes last time, so it's something that you know you've got to get out and get every vote that you can get," explained Sisk.

Hill is confident heading into the runoff on April 12, saying his campaign will stick to its message.

"There's a reason we have had the support we have, and I'm thankful for that," said Hill.

Over in District 1, Democratic incumbent Roger Jones finally knows who his opponent will be come November: Tim McNeese.

"November is still a few months away, but it'll be here before you know it," said Jones. "Hopefully we'll be ready, we've got some good people helping us in our campaign and we look forward to talking about the issues that we face."

Jones has served four terms on the commission. McNeese is hoping to unseat him.

"We'll rest for a few weeks here, and then get back after it again," he explained. "Talking to communities, knocking on doors again."

He said it's not going to be easy, but he's ready.

"It's a lot of hard work, I mean, it takes that to win an election," said McNeese.

All the candidates we spoke with also expressed excitement about the good turnout this primary.

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