April 7, 2005

Just 20-Percent Of Voters Take Part In April 5th Election

Just one out of every five registered voters went to the polls April 5th in Scotland County. A relatively light ballot resulted in just 20-percent voter turnout.

The county road and bridge sales tax was the lone countywide issue, with a race for the Scotland County R-I School Board the other main point of interest for prospective voters.

In the City of Memphis incumbents Ron Gardner and Lucas Remely were unopposed for new terms on the city council. Remely received 113 votes in the West Ward while Gardner was marked on 108 ballots in the East Ward.

City voters also wrote in candidates for the City Tax Collector job, a figurehead position that has no salary since the county collects taxes for the city. Current collector Michele Drummond received eight votes. Thirteen other individuals received votes.

In the Village of Rutledge two members of the board of trustees were elected. Carol McCabe topped the ballot with 14 votes. She will be joined on the board by Glada Shultz who earned 10 votes. Neta Phillips garnered seven votes while Patsy Charlene Montgomery was marked on six ballots.

Gordon Wiley and Karen Simpson will join the Arbela Board of Trustees. Each candidate earned 12 votes to edge out Pat Johnson (10 votes) and Sandra Remley (three votes) for the two vacancies.

Fourteen different candidates received write-in votes for the three openings on the Granger Board of Trustees. Ann Barker topped the list with eight votes. Joining her on the board will be Shane Shannan and Devon Holt, who each received four votes.

A total of just five votes were cast in the City of Gorin election where no candidate received a majority.

Write-ins Shannon Givens and Mary Helen Jacobs each received a vote for the East Ward Alderman job. Don Tague, Jim Davis and Dennie Peterson each received one vote for the West Ward Alderman position.

Sub-District 6 of the Scotland County Care Center Board of Directors featured a contested race with three candidates on the ballot for the position. Kathy Miller won the race, earning 54 votes to edge out Sandra Ebeling (43) and Sandra Remley (16).

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