BY MELANIE BUCK –
Michelle Heath Schnell came out as the winner of the March 22, 2016 run-off election with 52.35% of the vote. Schnell was part of a three-way race in the primary election on the Republican ticket with Debbie Scott and Wanda Smith. Smith was knocked out and a run-off was held between Scott and Schnell.
Schnell received 535 votes to Scott’s 487. Schnell will take office and January 1, 2017 since there are no opponents to run against in November. She is replacing retiring Polk County Circuit Clerk Sharon Simmons.
Schnell said, “I just want to thank everyone that came out and voted for me. I will continue to do my best to serve all of Polk County.”