Voter Turnout Heavy for Mid-Term Election
Voter turnout was heavy for the mid-term General Election on Tuesday, Nov. 6. The election was also the first under the new regulations, as polling sites had been designated as voting centers and could be used by anyone living within the county. New machines were also utilized, causing lines at some of the polling places.
In the only county-wide race on the ballot, incumbent assessor Tracy Gurley beat challenger Erika Snow 2,197 to 1,943. In the race for State Representative, incumbent Joe Jett beat challenger Ryan Carter 3,097 to 1,057 in the county and was favored district wide for another term.
In local races, council member Travis Williams edged Piggott Mayor Jim Poole 680-549; incumbent city clerk Ramona Magee fell to challenger Julie McMillon 653 to 568; incumbent councilman Jamey Parks will be in a runoff with challenger Brent Sanders after he received 588 votes to 567 for Sanders, while Jimmy Chilcutt got 64; and incumbent councilman Mike Cook was beaten by challenger Kevin Jones 773 to 449.
Meanwhile, incumbent Mayor Teressa Johnson, of St. Francis, edged challenger Charles Conley 28 to 27 as she sought re-election to another term.
The complete county-wide numbers may be found in the Nov. 14, print edition of the CCTD.