Poll workers Robert Fretts and Linda Breedlove sat idle Monday morning as they waited for residents to come in to cast their ballots during early voting for the upcoming Primary Election. As of Monday morning only 316 ballots had been cast.
By: Eddy Gifford, Publisher
day is quickly approaching and recent trends indicate a low voter turnout for
the Primary Election. Hopefully that trend will change this election cycle as
several local races are on the ballot and while these are all part–time
positions they are very important.
will end this Friday and Election Day will be Tuesday, May 20th, with polls
opening at 7 a.m. and closing at 7 p.m.
The District 1
State Representative race has three Dade County residents seeking the position.
On the Democratic ticket is Tom McMahan of Rising Fawn. He is the only Democrat
seeking the position so he will face the winner of the Republican primary.
are seeking the position as John Deffenbaugh is seeking re-election to the seat
he has held for two years. Also seeking the position are Robert Goff of Trenton
and Alan Painter of Chickamauga.
In other local
races, two positions on the Dade County Board of Education are up for grabs, as
Cindy Shaw will be seeking a full term on the board after being appointed to
fill the unexpired term of Mutt Massengale. Shaw is running on the Republican
candidates are opposing Shaw – Jane Dixon and Ronald Baldwin are facing off to
see who will oppose her in November.
The other BOE
race includes three republicans who are seeking Jeff Forester’s seat on the
board – Forester is not running for re-election. Jennifer Hartline, Summer
Kelly and Larry Williams are all entering the political arena for the first
time and are asking for your votes.
are also up for election on the Dade County Commission.
Commissioner Mitchell Smith is seeking re-election while former Commissioners
Lamar Lowery and Terry Phillips are hoping to unseat Smith and return to the
Commissioner Scottie Pittman has opposition for the first time with Nathan
Baker hoping to unseat him.
races are also on the ballot this year so interest should be high in the
with five days of early voting remaining, only 268 people had voted on the
Republican ticket and 46 Democrats had cast ballots.
In the 2010
elections only 201 people voted early and the total vote was 1,351 – 1,131
Republicans and 220 Democrats.
County has 8,031 active registered voters. To be an active voter you must have
voted within the past eight years. If you are registered but haven’t voted in
the last eight years you can still vote as long as you are a registered voter.
election ballot may be found on page 8 of this week’s Sentinel.