Election season has come to an end and Rusk County will see several new faces in office in 2019.
Unofficial results in Tuesday’s General Election show 16,372 were cast in Rusk County, a turnout of more than 52 percent. There are 31,279 registered voters in the county.
Early voting numbers were up as more citizens turned out to vote this time around. More than 6,900 ballots were cast in the primary election in March.
In county seats, County Judge Joel Hale, County Court at Law Judge Chad Dean, District Clerk Terri Willard, County Clerk Trudy McGill, County Treasurer Andy Vinson, County Surveyor Dwayne Miley, Pct. 3 Justice of the Peace Jackie Risinger and Pct. 4 Justice of the Peace Darlene Childress, will all serve another term as they ran unopposed in this year’s election. There were no democratic challengers.
The Rusk County Commissioners Court will welcome new Pct. 2 Commissioner Robert Kuykendall and Pct. 4 Commissioner Bennie Whitworth at the beginning of the new year. Kuykendall defeated current Pct. Commissioner Tammy Pepper McLain in the primary and Whitworth will take the place of current commissioner Harold Howell.
Howell announced his retirement earlier this year. Whitworth defeated Jeff Spencer in the primary.
In the Pct. 1 Justice of the Peace race, Republican Pat McCrory defeated Democrat Janice Bagley by 1,888 votes. McCrory defeated Teresa Jones in a runoff election in May. He received 2,578 votes Tuesday.
Cindy Redmon will serve as Justice of the Peace Pct. 2, running unopposed and receiving 2,875 votes in the general election. Redmon defeated Bo Pepper in a runoff election.
Justice of the Peace Pct. 5 will also see a new face. Jana Ross Enloe earned 96.27 percent of the vote Tuesday, defeating write-in candidate Rand Cates. Enloe will take the place of current JP Pct. 5 Joe Sorrells.
In the City of Henderson, Buzz Fullen will become mayor once again as current mayor Pat Brack decided not to run. Fullen earned more than 62 percent of the vote, defeating current city council member Thomas Ward by 793 votes. Ward earned 33.2 percent of the vote and Jeffery Frey earned 4.67 percent.
On the Henderson City Council, Michael Searcy will take the place of current District 2 council member Reginald Weatherton. Searcy defeated Weatherton 53.63 percent to 46.37 percent.
Henry Pace will serve on the council for District 3. He ran unopposed and takes the place of Thomas Ward.
In other Rusk County cities, Mount Enterprise will welcome three new faces to the city council.
Former Rusk County Commissioner Freddy Swann will serve in place 1. He earned more than 73 percent of the vote Tuesday as compared to opponent Nell McCarson Langford who eared 26.55 percent.
Jim Reese defeated current city council member Kay Wagon for Place 3 on the Mount Enterprise City Council. Reese earned 131 of the 171 votes cast.
Brandon Jones defeated current Place 5 council member Carolyn McAlister by 50 votes Tuesday. Jones earned 57.87 percent, McAlister earned 29.78 percent and Mary Weems earned 12.36 percent.
Voters in the City of Mount Enterprise also voted for a proposition that will increase one-half of one percent sales and use tax of eight and one-quarter percent to be adopted within the city of Mount Enterprise.
Several county schools also held election for its board of trustees.
In Mount Enterprise (voting for none, one or two), Blake Webb received 293 votes, John Walthall received 292 and Travis Owens received 219.
For West Rusk CCISD Board of Trustees, Sandra Smith received 697 votes, Randy Driver received 570, Kevin Roy earned 435 and Robert Anderson received 388. Voters were to vote for none, one, two or three candidates.
For Carlisle ISD Board of Trustees (voting for four), Stacy Curbo Chote received 263 votes, John Kevin Childress received 215, Tunya Martin Waggoner earned 213, Matt Gholson received 209, Chris Sanders earned 180, Joseph D. Nix received 169 and Billy Earl Moore received 126 votes.
Voting for two for Leverett’s Chapel ISD school board, Tammy White received 73 votes, John Duncan received 69, Larry Lilly earned 68 and Alfred Bradford, Jr received 47 votes.
Another Lanveville ISD proposition was also denied by voters Tuesday. The proposition was for the issuance of $4,274,300 of bonds for the construction, acquisition, renovation, and equipment of classrooms, a cafeteria, and other school buildings in the district, and the levying of the tax in payment thereof. Three hundred and eighteen voted against the bond, while 290 voted for it.
Rep. Travis Clardy (R) will maintain his seat as House District 11 Representative for another term, serving Rusk, Cherokee and Nacogdoches counties.
Clardy defeated Democrat Alec Johnson Tuesday.
Clardy received 79 percent of the vote in Rusk County, while Johnson received 20.5 percent.