Poor turnout for local election


On Saturday, May 6, 2017, election polls closed at 6pm and the votes were tabulated Saturday night in the Madison County Courthouse building. 

Incumbents, Russell Bailey and Lois Brown, were again voted to the Madisonville City Council, and in a mild surprise, newcomer Chris McGilbra won the third open seat on the council, unseating current councilman Doug Sparkman.

In the only other contested race, the Madisonville Consolidated Independent School Board will remain unchanged with Dennis McWhorter, Jason Cleere, Greg McBee and Dale Hurst securing their positions. McWhorter, Cleere and Hurst ran unopposed, while the only contested race was for Position 3, between Greg McBee and Cassandra Cooper McGilbra. McGilbra put forth a strong showing, but fell short of the win by forty-five votes.

Election Administrator, Earl Parker, said Monday that although early voting participation was higher than usual, Election Day voting was not well attended.

In the race for Madisonville City Council, there were three hundred thirty two votes cast and for the School Board election only six hundred and forty two.  These totals reflected a very poor turnout at the polls of only 15% and 9.6%, respectively.

The new voting machines were put to good use during this election and complaints were nominal with their usage for the first time.

“We are looking forward to the next elections, which will be Judicial Elections.  Those nominees will be announced in mid-December,” says Parker.