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EMINENCE COUNCIL RACE ENDS IN A TIE

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County goes to McCain/Palin, McConnell and Davis

By The Staff

Henry Countians voted overwhelmingly Republican in the presidential election, choosing Republican presidential candidate John McCain over Democrat Barack Obama 4081 to 2724.

Obama won just one precinct in the county — Port Royal.

The county also favored incumbent Republican Senator Mitch McConnell over Democratic challenger Bruce Lunsford 3,672 to 3,194.

For the fourth Congressional district, incumbent Republican Geoff Davis easily won reelection against Democratic challenger Michael Kelley, 3,949 to 2,758.

Incumbent state representative Rick Rand was unopposed in his bid for reelection.

But the story of the night in Henry County came down to the hotly contested Eminence City Council election.

There, incumbents Danny Meadows (495) Drane Stephens (454) and Shawn Bright (476) cruised to reelection, while newcomers Leo Mason (433) and Pauline “Polly” Troxell (407) won election. The sixth seat on the council, remains up in the air. Incumbent Treva Browning and newcomer LeeAnn Armstrong were tied for sixth place with 372 votes.

“My phone has been ringing off the hook,” Armstrong said. She said Bright and Meadows told her one of the two women would have to step aside or a coin would be flipped to break the tie. She said she sees the humor in the situation, but “I told them now is not the time to be making jokes.” Armstrong said she thinks Browning is a great person, but she will not forfeit. “I went this long,” she said. “I stayed focused and ran a good, clean campaign.”

The Local was unable to contact Browning Tuesday night before press time.

Meadows was excited about the outcome of the contest. “I’m just tickled to death that the people of Eminence thought enough of me to re-elect me,” Meadows said. He said it was a beautiful day to come out and vote. “We had a great turn out because of the presidential election and nice weather,” Meadows said. He said he believes one reason for his success is that he is a lifelong resident and has volunteered within the community. Meadows said he looks forward to working with the council again. “We have a good core of people who were elected,” he said.

After Armstrong and Browning, the candidate with the next highest number of votes was Tom Ferguson with 348, Manda Gingrich with 347, Ervin “Bob” McGee with 334, Glenn Simpson with 268, Howard Roberts with 246 and Rochelle Summerlin with 226.

For the Campbellsburg City Council, incumbents Jason Stanley (212) , Jan Fletcher (182) , John Suter (184)  nad Rex Morgan (218), were reelected easily. Newcomers Shelly Noe (161) and Jennifer Bratton (167) edged out Danil Lane (136).

In Smithfield, all four candidates won election for the four city council seats.

New Castle will see a virtually new commission, with Wanda Thurman the only incumbent candidate. At 174 votes, she will join newcomers Danny Benham (211), Linda Golden (172) and Donna Gatewood (169) on the council next year.

In Pleasureville, incumbents Victor Harrod (179), Gary Grigsby (188) and R.L. Wilson (157) lead, with newcomer Sandra K. Woods leading all candidates with 208 votes. Incumbent Pam Whitaker trailed with 157 votes.

Three Henry County Board of Education candidates were unopposed in their bids for reelection — John W. Smith Jr., Danney Chisholm, and Donald R. Tipton.

Finally, the Eminence Independent Schools Board of Education race went to incumbents Ben Coomes (844) and Danny Fisher (567). Fisher barely edged out challenger George Armstrong III, who came in with 525 votes.

More than 7,000 Henry Countians cast their ballots for the 2008 election, for 64 percent turnout.

Statewide, McCain was comfortably ahead of Obama, with 57 percent of the state vote. McConnell was leading Lunsford with 52 percent of the vote.

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