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Election results filled with mayoral races

Election results filled with mayoral races

Posted: Wednesday, November 5, 2008 9:33 pm

New mayors will be taking office in three communities across Obion County as a result of Tuesday’s balloting, while two incumbent mayors will return to office. David Crocker has been elected South Fulton’s mayor, “Pete” Burpo will be serving as mayor of Hornbeak and Wes Miller is the new mayor in Obion. The incumbent mayors who claimed victory include longtime Troy Mayor Jimmie Hart, who had opposition, and Woodland Mills Mayor Wade Carrington, who was unopposed. SOUTH FULTON In South Fulton, voters were electing a mayor at-large for the first time in many years, with Crocker — currently a first-term member of the city commission — being the only candidate on the ballot. He drew 752 complimentary votes (98.56 percent). There were also 11 write-in votes cast. Crocker said as soon as he is sworn into office as mayor, the commission will have to appoint someone to finish out the last two years of his commission term for Ward 4. He pledged to continue to work hard to re-open the bridge on Forrestdale Avenue and said city officials will be examining the possibility of making upgrades to the city’s sewer system. He would also like to try to offer a solution to give South Fulton residents some relief on their utility rates. Crocker added that he and city manager Jeff Vowell recently went to Nashville to attend a program to give the city some direction in applying for Community Development Block Grants. “I’d like to thank everybody who voted for me and I look forward to the next four years working with the commissioners,” he said. South Fulton City Commission member Charles Moody received 106 votes (61.63 percent) to retain his Ward 1 seat on the panel. He had faced opposition from Derrick Wells, who received 66 votes (38.37 percent). The Ward 4 seat in South Fulton was retained by Bobby “Keith” Curlin, who has been filling the position since the resignation of William “R.K.” Kane earlier this year. Curlin, who was unopposed, drew 226 complimentary votes. HORNBEAK Hornbeak voters elected Burpo, who has served on the town’s board of aldermen for many years and currently serves as vice mayor, over challenger Samuel L. Huey. Burpo garnered 111 votes (61.67 percent) to defeat Huey, who received 64 votes (35.56 percent). There were also five write-in votes cast. Burpo said he hopes to finish the town’s sewer project and try to get some grants for the community as he works for the people. “I’m just going to try to do what the people want and work for the people,” he said. The seven seats on Hornbeak’s board of aldermen will be filled by seven candidates who were seeking the positions, among them five new board members, according to Burpo. They include Lynn Finch (122 votes for 13.86 percent), Christina Gray (112 votes for 12.73 percent), Debi Jerden (146 votes for 16.59 percent), Grant McGuire (123 votes for 13.98 percent), John R. Orr (122 votes for 13.86 percent), Paula Seals Parker (143 votes for 16.25 percent) and Leon G. Walden (107 votes for 12.16 percent). Five write-in votes were also cast. OBION In Obion, Miller received 292 votes (61.60 percent) in his bid for mayor, defeating challenger and former mayor Glen Parnell, who received 182 votes (38.40 percent). “I was very pleased,” said Miller, who added that he is looking forward to working with the town’s new board members. Eleven people were seeking the six positions on Obion’s board. According to unofficial results, the winners include Patsy Barker (301 votes for 11.92 percent), Donald Bloxom (276 votes for 10.93 percent), Jerry Carver (269 votes for 10.65 percent), Tammy Foggie (371 votes for 14.69 percent), Polk Glover (272 votes for 10.77 percent) and Michael Miller (268 votes for 10.61 percent). They had been challenged by Maye Charlton (254 votes for 10.06 percent), John Gardner (98 votes for 3.88 percent), Franklin Parnell (145 votes for 5.74 percent), Harold E. Pollock (129 votes for 5.11 percent) and Russell D. Webber II (140 votes for 5.54 percent). There were also two write-in votes cast. TROY In Troy’s race, Hart drew 336 votes (66.01 percent) to win re-election over challenger and former county mayor Gaylon Long, who collected 171 votes (33.60 percent). Two write-in votes were also cast. “I just want to thank the citizens of Troy for the confidence that they have bestowed on me,” Hart said. “It’s very gratifying to be elected mayor of Troy for 25 consecutive years. Many things have transpired in those years. We have been able to keep up and prosper when so many have fallen behind. “I thank the voters of Troy for giving me a city board that is second to no one. Our future depends on these aldermen. It is our hope that we can continue to move forward and create an environment that is pleasing to all. With our industrial park, our merchants and other business people, we will move toward a common goal and a better place to live and work,” he added. The five incumbent aldermen in Troy all won re-election without opposition Tuesday. They include Deanna Chappell (409 votes for 20.59 percent), Billy “Gene” Gurien (399 votes for 20.09 percent), Hoyt Sampson (400 votes for 20.14 percent), Edward Watson (383 votes for 19.28 percent) and Jesse Whitesides (389 votes for 19.59 percent). WOODLAND MILLS Woodland Mills voters gave Carrington 166 complimentary votes (98.22 percent) in his bid for re-election as mayor. There were also three write-in votes cast. Two candidates were seeking election to the two aldermen positions in Woodland Mills. They include incumbent Waymon Reagan, who received 141 complimentary votes (47.96 percent) and newcomer Kirk Snead, who drew 153 complimentary votes (52.04 percent). UNION CITY In Union City’s races, incumbent Bill “Rat” Harrison received 2,234 votes (62.49 percent) to defeat challenger Paul D. Gwaltney in the race for an at-large seat on the Union City Council. Gwaltney drew 1,326 votes (37.09 percent). Fifteen write-in votes were also cast. Three councilmen were unopposed in their bids for re-election to the council. They include Ward 2 councilman Billy Jack Cranford, who received 494 complimentary votes (99.60 percent); Ward 3 councilman Dianne Eskew, who drew 544 votes (98.55 percent); and Ward 5 councilman Johnny Bacon, who garnered 961 votes (99.38). There were also two write-in votes in Ward 2, eight write-in votes in Ward 3 — three of which were cast for John Parham, who qualified as a write-in candidate — and six write-in votes in Ward 5, according to the unofficial election totals. Allen Nohsey was unopposed in his bid for re-election as Union City’s city judge. He received 3,136 complimentary votes (99.59 percent). Thirteen write-in votes were also cast by voters. Three seats on the Union City School Board were also filled in Tuesday’s voting, with all three of the candidates running without opposition. Among those elected were at-large school board member Dr. Wright Jernigan, who received 3,202 votes (99.72 percent); Ward 2 newcomer Karl Ullrich, who drew 423 votes (99.76 percent); and Ward 4 incumbent Cathy Waggoner, who claimed 511 votes (99.61 percent). Write-in votes included nine for the at-large position, one in Ward 2 and two in Ward 4. The results of Tuesday’s election will be certified by the Obion County Election Commission when it meets Nov. 17. FULTON Across the state line in Kentucky, voters in Fulton elected Dan Voegeli as mayor. He received 434 votes to defeat incumbent Elaine Forrester, who drew 290 votes, and former city commissioner Mickey Reilly, who collected 216 votes, according to unofficial results from the Fulton County (Ky.) Clerk’s office. In the race for four seats on the Fulton City Commission, voters elected incumbent Jeff Vaughn with 560 votes, incumbent Mike Farmer with 533 votes, newcomer David Prater with 507 votes and newcomer Martha Poe Vowell with 455 votes. They were challenged by incumbent Alex Noffel Jr., who received 386 votes; incumbent Doug Fisette, who earned 295 votes; and newcomer Robert E. Johnson, who received 171 votes. Published in The Messenger 11.05.08

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