Webster County went to the polls on Tuesday to make their choices known in several contested state and local races. Voters in Sebree and Providence also participated in a local option election concerning the legalization of the sale of alcohol in those communities.
Those option elections drew comment from both sides with opinions being voiced both in support of and opposition to the sale of alcoholic beverages locally.
In Sebree, voters cast 233 yes votes and 135 no votes. In Providence, that vote was 653 yes and 400 no.
There was one contested race for a county office in Webster County. Incumbent Webster County Jailer Terry Elder was challenged by Morgan McKinley. On Tuesday, voters case 2,098 ballots for Elder and 2,344 ballots for McKinley.
The races for State Senator and House of Representatives also drew the attention of local voters. In the race for State Senator, incumbent Dorsey Ridley, a Democrat, was challenged by Republican Robby Mills. On Tuesday, voters in Webster County cast 2,071 votes for Ridley and 2,423 votes for Mills.
Republican incumbent Jim Gooch, Jr. was challenged for the 7th District House of Representatives seat by Democrat Bruce Kunze. On Tuesday, Gooch received 2,896 votes in Webster County. Kunze got the nod on 1,572 ballots.
Republican James Comer with 3,034 votes defeated Paul Walker in Webster County. Walker received 1,361 votes.
Voters in the county’s communities also elected mayors and city council members to begin terms on January 1, 2019.
In Sebree, Mayor Ozzie O’Nan was unopposed in his bid for re-election. Seven candidates sought seats on the six-member city council. Their vote totals are Debbie Stull, 289; Brice Marsh, 261; Dara Beth Starkey, 142; Jim Williams, 239; Billy Smith, 232; Kenny Wright, 271; and Jana Forker, 224.
In Dixon, Mayor Carolyn Townsend was unopposed in her bid for re-election. Six candidates were on the ballot to fill the four members city commission. They are Randy Norman, 114; Tim Cassady, 70; Don Poe, 64; Robert Terry Webb, 142; Dusty M. Heady, 128; and Steve Shoots, 74.
At Clay, Jackie B. Edens, who has previously served on the Clay City Council, was unopposed candidate for mayor. There were six candidates for the six member council. They are Kelly Hanor, 246; Johnny Hanor, 223; Paul Cowan, 237; Ronnie Pride, 244; Jamie Edens Daniel, 238; and Mike Grigg, 240.
The city government races drew more interest and more candidates in Providence. Incumbent Mayor Eddie Gooch was challenged by Doug Hammers and John David Cartwright. Their vote totals are Gooch, 353; Hammers, 581; and Cartwright, 88.
Eleven candidates were seeking election to the six member city council. They are Scott Frederick, 507; Keith Farrell, 458; Mark Turner, 487; Shannon Cole Layton, 568; James “Chip” Palmer, 506; Myra Belle, 434; Thomas E. “Tom” Skinner, 410; Derek J. David, 409; Randall Simms, 270; Dolores Overby, 407; and Robert C. Hatcher, Jr., 371.
At Slaughters, Mayor Jeff Coomes was unopposed. Four candidates, Michael Miser, 39; Kenneth Wells, 40; Mickey R. Duncan, 47; and Debra Rudd, 40; were seeking seats on the four member city commission.
In Wheatcroft, Pat Clark was the only candidate for mayor. Two candidates – Joey Phillips and Sherry Cowan – were on the ballot for the four person city commission.
Webster County magistrates Chad Townsend, Jerry Brown, and Tony Felker were unopposed in their re-election bids.
Webster County Judge/Executive Steve Henry; Property Valuation Administrator Jeff Kelley; County Attorney Clint Prow; Webster County Circuit Court Clerk Debbie Austin; Webster County Clerk Valerie Newell; Webster County Sheriff Frankie Springfield; Webster County Coroner Todd Vanover; and Commonwealth Attorney Zac Greenwell were unopposed.
Two school board members – incumbent Tim McCormick and newcomer Cameron Edwards – had no opposition in the General Election. Edwards will fill the seat currently occupied by Board of Education chairman Jeff Pettit.
Judge Daniel Heady was unopposed for District Judge in the 5th Judicial District.
The constitutional amendment known as “Marcy’s Law” was also on the ballot. That question received 1,903 yes votes and 1,959 no votes in Webster County.