Runoff election will decide candidates in two important positions

Published 3:07 pm Monday, August 24, 2015

Voters will head back to the polls Tuesday to decide candidates in two vastly different yet important races.

While runoffs aren’t particularly known for drawing record turnout, both races on Tuesday’s ballot deserve a good deal of attention.

In the most important local race, Republicans in District 4 will pick between John Carlisle and Martin “Marty” Crevitt for their nomination for supervisor. The winner will face Democrat Casey Fisher on the November ballot.

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Fisher defeated Gary L. Cooper in the Democratic primary. Fisher won all four precincts in the with 288 votes, or 70.59 percent, to 117, or 28.69 percent for Cooper.

District 4 is guaranteed a new representative on the board of supervisors with the impending retirement of longtime supervisor and current board president Bill Lauderdale.

In the primary earlier this month, Crevitt led by 30 votes in a three-man race, and the results of Tuesday’s primary are sure to be exciting. Because the runoff is only open to voters who cast a ballot in the Republican primary, only about 1,000 votes are up for grabs in this round of balloting.

We wish the best for both candidates as they vie for last minute votes.

Democrats will return to decide between businessman Robert Amos and longtime state Rep. Mary Coleman in the race for Central District Transportation Commissioner. The winner faces incumbent Republican Dick Hall in November in a bid to oversee the central district of the department of transportation.

The ultimate winner of this race in November will have a big say over continued construction, expansion and renovation along Interstate 20 and other areas of transportation. A vote in this race as important as a vote in any.

Regardless of your party and regardless of your position, cast a ballot Tuesday.