The four-person Richmond City Commission will have two new faces in January as challengers Laura Durham Morgan and Jim Newby came in first and fourth, respectively, in Tuesday eight-person race.
Only one of the four Madison County School Board members up for re-election was replaced Tuesday night.
There will be two new faces on the Berea City Council for the next two years. Former council member Chester Powell and newcomer Chad Hembree will join Diane Kerby, Billy Wagers, Violet “Vi” Farmer, Ronnie Terrill, Virgil Burnside and Jerry Little to sit on the council which governs all who live within Berea’s city limits.
Madison County will continue to have two Republicans and one Democrat in its delegation to state House of Representatives as Rita Smart, D-Richmond, and Donna Mayfield, R-Winchester, won re-election by comfortable margins and Republican Jonathan Shell of Lancaster won the seat left open by the retirement of long-term legislator Lonnie Napier, R-Lancaster.
Republicans and Democrats were out in force Monday, traveling across the state, trying to haul in a few last votes to provide a winning margin Tuesday.
Ballot boxes and election kits were delivered to the county’s 17 polling locations Monday morning in preparation for Election Day.
Madison County Clerk Kenny Barger and a crew from the county road department distributed 112 ballot boxes, two for each of the county’s 56 precincts.
Don Jaynes, a certified public accountant who previously was a community member of the city’s former finance advisory committee, is in his first race for city commission.
Jim Newby, a Richmond firefighter, is making his first bid for public office by seeking a seat on the Richmond City Commission. If elected, he could not also be a city employee.
Madison County Clerk Kenny Barger anticipates a 60-percent voter turnout in Madison County on Tuesday, a numerous races, from president to city commission and school board will be on the ballot.
Robert Blythe, 62, is seeking his sixth term on the Richmond City Commission.
A lifelong resident of Richmond, he holds degrees form Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Eastern Kentucky University, where he taught mathematics until retiring. He continues to serve First Baptist Church, Francis Street, as pastor.