April 4, 2002

Local Voters Reaffirm Support For Education

For the second time in less than three years Scotland County voters came out in support of the county's school district. The district's proposed Proposition C Waiver was approved by nearly 60 percent of the vote on April 2.

A total of 714 yes votes were made on Proposition 2 on the SCR-I ballot. That compared to 499 no votes as an estimated 39-percent of the eligible voters turned out for Tuesday's election, well above the average 20-percent turnout for April elections in Scotland County.

The neighboring district to the west did not fair as well as a similar Proposition C Waiver failed miserably in Schuyler County by a vote of 1,106 against and only 499 in favor.

Back at SCR-I two incumbent school board members were re-elected while Scott Brassfield edged out Mark Drummond by a narrow margin to fill the seat of former board member Paula Neese.

The City of Memphis featured several contests including the office of mayor. Incumbent Ron Alexander easily retained the office defeating Robert Owings 587 to 129.

Fellow incumbent Mike Stone held off two challengers to earn another term as East Ward Alderman for the City of Memphis. He received 226 votes to 61 votes for William Reckenberg and 37 votes for former alderman Paul Luscombe.

In the West Ward it was Teresa Skinner defeating Paula Montgomery by a count of 249-136. She will fill the seat vacated by alderman Cindy Garrett.

Steve Snodgrass was elected Memphis City Marshall defeating Rick Hunt in a fairly close race. Snodgrass earned 416 votes to 299 for Hunt.

Several other area races were decided on April 2. Write-in candidate Tracey Ross defeated Robert (Bob) Carpenzano by a vote of 19-4 to win the mayor job in Gorin.

The most interesting results came from the Village of Rutledge where there was a tie for the third seat on the board of trustees. Jason Gary See and Steve A. Montgomery were elected to the board. The third vacancy will come down to a tie-breaker between Pasty "Charlene" Montgomery and Janet O'Rourke. The two candidates could agree to settle the tie with a coin toss or some other game of chance. If that is not agreeable to both, a special election could be called to settle the matter.

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