Election results … Charter Commission elected
Also on the ballot Tuesday were seats on the new Charter Commission, which will consider reshaping county government here in Lincoln.
Candidates were on the ballot in six of the county’s eight districts. In the two remaining districts, however, candidates had qualified as write-in candidates.
In District 1, two candidates were on the ballot, Joseph Brent Knight and John W. Stiles. Stiles took the win with 536 votes to Knight’s 482, according to unofficial returns.
In District 2, only one candidate was on the ballot, that being Gene J. Shreve, who received 885 complimentary votes.
In District 3, two candidates, Daryl Luna and Mary Ann Meyer-Schuck, were on the ballot. Luna took the win with 524 votes to Meyer-Shuck’s 462.
In District 4, Fonville Mitchell was the lone candidate on the ballot and received 1,019 votes.
In District 5, where no candidates were listed on the ballot, Charles Maridon Mullins received seven write-in votes.
In District 6, Jimmy P. Gulley and Roger D. Welch were on the ballot, with Gulley taking the win. He received 626 votes to Welch’s 454.
In District 7, Danny C. Owens was the sole candidate on the ballot. He received 798 complimentary votes.
And in District 8, another district where no candidates were listed on the ballot, Peter Anderson had qualified as a write-in candidate. He received four write-in votes.
What is being eyed is what is called a “home rule” form of government, which would give residents a greater voice in the decisions of county government.
The newly formed commission will draft a charter that will be placed before voters here in a referendum.
The Lincoln County Commission has set aside up to $50,000 for the Charter Commission to use in framing the charter, though proponents have said the cost will be substantially less, possibly as little as $6,000, which was spent by the Giles County Charter Commission, primarily in printing costs.