Votes count in parish election

Published 1:49 am Sunday, October 3, 2010

NATCHEZ — Two candidates in Saturday’s election won their office by one vote.

Kevin Graham was elected Mayor of Ridgecrest with 70 votes, defeating Brandon Davis, who had 69 votes.

In the District 4, Place A election, Charles E. Minor won with 335 votes to Ronnie Bradford’s 334 votes.

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Minor said his campaign stressed the importance of voters making it to the polls.

“We worked hard until the very last moment, and I think hard work pays off,” Minor said.

Minor said he appreciated Bradley as an opponent and knows Bradley was also concerned with problems with the school board.

Other elections results include:

– Cheryl Probst won the election for District 3, Place B School Board election with 60 percent of the vote to defeat James H. Cockerham, who earned 22 percent of the votes, and Cynthia “Cyndie” Dillon, who earned 18 percent.

Probst said she was grateful for those who voted for her.

“I look forward to serving mainly the students of Concordia Parish and working with teachers and administration to see what I can do to help the school system,” Probst said.

– Fred T. Butcher defeated Lillian Thomas King For School Board District 1, Place A with 67 percent of the votes.

Butcher said he wanted to thank the former students and parents from Ferriday High School for their support.

“I ran basically on my experience of 39 years,” Butcher said.

“I let my work speak for me, and I want to thank everybody for showing up and voting.

“Hopefully we will continue to make progress.”

– Martha J. Rabb defeated Dorthea M. Davis with 67 percent of the vote.

– Jim Boren won the election for Vidalia’s City Marshal with 54 percent of the vote.

– In Concordia Parish 64 percent of voters voted to allow the Lousisana State Legislature to begin its annual session two weeks earlier. A complete vote count for Louisiana was not in by press time.

– In Concordia Parish, 61 percent of voters voted in favor of a proposition to exempt members of the governor’s office who handle emergencies from civil service protections. A complete vote count for Louisiana was not in by press time.

– In the lieutenant governor race, Jay Dardenne received the most votes in Concordia Parish with 26 percent of the vote. “Sammy” Kershaw received the second-most votes with 24 percent. A complete vote count for Louisiana was not in by press time.

At the polls

Many of those who did make it to the polls said they felt a responsibility to practice their right to vote.

Cynthia Skinner said she showed up at the polls at Ferriday High School like she does for every election — to exercise her right to vote.

“I vote no matter what,” Skinner said.

Even though Skinner does not have children in the school system, she said she participated to offer her voice because she had the right to do so.

Doug and Kimie Wike, who voted at Ridgecrest Elementary School, said go together to vote in most every election.

“It’s hard to complain if you don’t vote,” Doug said.

Doug said it is also unfair for residents to celebrate good leadership if they did not participate in getting them elected.

Kathy Stevens, who worked at the polls at the old courthouse near the Concordia Parish Library, said the foot traffic at her prescient was fairly slow but steady, except when a crowd of people arrived at once after the LSU football game ended.

Voter turnout for Concordia Parish was approximately 23 percent, according to secretary of state Web site data.