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Election Shakes Up Montgomery County Leaders

Election Shakes  Up Montgomery  County Leaders
Henry Price
Election Shakes  Up Montgomery  County Leaders
Henry Price

Election Day brought change for several citizens within Montgomery County, as two incumbent elected officials were defeated in May 21 Local and State Primary/ Nonpartisan Election.

Montgomery County Board of Education Member Fernando Rodriguez-Pacheco and Montgomery County Com­continued from page

missioner Tim Williamson both came up short in the local elections.

R odriguez was running for reelection to the District 3 Board Seat, which he has occupied since the last election in 2022, when he ran for a two-year term to allow the Board to synchronize its elections. During the past election, Rodriguez was opposed by Allen Williamson, who won the election by 5 votes. Williamson gained 50.69% of the votes, totaling 183, while Rodriguez was selected by 49.31% of voters, totaling 178.

Meanwhile, in District 2, Republican Commission Ca n d i d ate Amie Vassey defeated incumbent Commissioner Tim Williamson, 140 (61.95%) to 86 (38.05%). Vassey will now face Democratic Commission Candidate Stephanie Love Ivy for the seat in November.

District 1 will also see new leadership, as Jimmy “Pedro” Sharpe defeated Angel Gilreath in the race to succeed incumbent Commissioner Chad Kenney, who announced at that he would not be seeking reelection in March. Sharpe earned 190 total votes, while Gilreath was selected by 98 electors. Incumbent Commissioner Ginger Byrd Morris was victorious in the race for the Republican candidacy for District 3 Commissioner seat, as she received 187 votes (57.72%), Charles Greg Palmer earned 51 votes (15.74%), and Charles “Charlie” Robison took home 86 votes (26.54%). Morris will now face Democratic Candidate Linda Jackson Page in an effort to retain her position in November. Tax Commissioner Republican Candidate Renee Wooten-Perry and Incumbent Democratic Tax Commissioner Loretta Lane will also go against each other in November. Three Board of Education members held on to their positions, defeating their opponents without a need for a run-off election. District 1 Board of Education Member Henry Price was reelected to office, receiving 152 votes (55.47%) to Mike Lewis’s 122 votes (44.53%). Incumbent District 2 Board Member Susan Beard also retained her position, as she was selected by 168 voters (67.74%), while Inna Edwards took home 46 votes (18.55%) and Andrea “Margie” Miller received 34 votes (13.71%). Meanwhile, District 4 Incumbent Board Member Eugene “Pete” Ward earned 167 votes (52.52%), giving him the victory over opponents Jonathan “Spanky” Hardeman (79 votes, 24.84%) and Janice Nobles (72 votes, 22.64%).

Overall, there was low voter turnout in Montgomery County, with approximately 1,442 of the 5,288 registered voters casting their ballots.

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