ELECTION RECAP: Warren County Board of Supervisors will look different next term

Published 8:33 am Wednesday, November 6, 2019

When those who won Tuesday night in the general election are sworn in, the look of the Warren County Board of Supervisors will be completely different.

During August’s party primaries and runoff, two of the sitting board members were defeated. During voting Tuesday, two others saw their re-election bids come up short.

Only District 2 incumbent William Banks earned another term.

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Here is a breakdown of the races for Warren County Board of Supervisors and Warren County Prosecuting Attorney.


District 1

A wave that started in the party primaries in August continued Tuesday as another incumbent on the Warren County Board of Supervisors was unseated.

In the race for the District 1 seat on the Warren County Board of Supervisors, incumbent John Arnold was defeated by Ed Herring. Unofficial results Tuesday evening gave Herring a 926-vote victory.

“I feel really good. It’s been a lot of work and a lot of help from a lot of people,” Herring said. “It’s been a good night.”

Herring lost to Arnold in the 2015 general election for District 1 supervisor.

“I think listening to the people; listening to their concerns and talking about their concerns,” Herring said was why he believes he was victorious Tuesday. “I also believe that it was the attitude we adopted of not just going with the flow or excepting failure.”

Arnold was surprised by the size of Herring’s win.

“I am surprised that it was that big of a gap. I thought it would be closer,” Arnold said. “But, that is what elections are for. They are for people to elect people to represent them”

Arnold said he congratulated Herring and offered his help in any way.

“He will do a good job. He will provide good representation to the district,” Arnold said. With all of the boxes reporting, Herring received 1,985 votes to Arnold’s 1,059 votes. The unofficial totals do not include absentee votes. In District 1, a total of 208 absentee ballots were received.

During the August primaries, incumbent Charles Selmon lost his re-election bid for District 3, while incumbent John Carlisle lost his re-election bid for District 4.


District 2

With the Warren County Board of Supervisors assured to welcome a majority of new members next year, William Banks will bring experience back to the board.

The voters in District 2 overwhelmingly supported Banks’ re-election bid, giving him another term over challenger Stan Collins.

In unofficial results, Banks earned just over 60 percent of the vote.

“I had plenty of confidence I was going to win because I have been doing my job all the time, and the people always told me that as long I was doing a good job they had no problems with me,” Banks said. “I am going to continue to work for (District 2 residents). I am dedicated to doing my job and I will always be working to do the best of my ability to make the best decisions possible to move District 2 forward.”

As for the change to the make-up of the board, Banks said his experience will be an asset to those joining the board. Ed Herring in District 1, Shawn Jackson in District 3 and Kelle Barfield in District 5 all were elected for the first time Tuesday..

“With the new supervisors it looks like I would be the most experienced one and I plan to help them as much as I can,” Banks said.

With all of the boxes in his district reporting, Banks received 1,448 votes, compared to Collins’ 623 votes. Those vote totals do not include absentee votes.

A message left for Collins Tuesday evening was not returned.


District 3

Shawn Jackson had to go three rounds to earn her spot on the Warren County Board of Supervisors.

That final round came Tuesday when she defeated David Sharp in the general election for the District 3 seat.

Jackson made it through a party primary in August, and then a runoff against incumbent Charles Selmon. Her victory in that runoff earned her the spot in the general election.

“It feels surreal. I am ecstatic; I’m excited. I’ve been through three elections, this has been a full cycle,” Jackson said just moments after learning she was being declared the winner. “I am really happy the community supported my bid for supervisor. I’m ready to work.”

Jackson believes voters supported her because of a change in attitude among the Board of Supervisors.

“The Warren County community is ready to have ‘can-do’ elected officials who can deliver results,” she said.

As for Sharp, he congratulated Jackson and wished her the best on the board.

“I am very blessed to have so much support and love,” Sharp said. “This is the second time I have run for office. This keeps building character.”

Sharp’s motivation through the campaign was the students he teaches at the Academy of Innovation.

“I was mainly doing this because I told my students at one point in time that I would do it and I wanted to be a man of my word,” he said.

The results of the election are unofficial at this point.

With all the boxes reporting, Jackson earned 1,534 votes compared to Sharp’s 448 votes.


District 4

It took most of the night to declare a winner, but for Jeff Holland the results were well worth waiting for.

More than four hours after the polls closed Tuesday, Holland secured the win over Marty Crevitt for the District 4 seat on the Warren County Board of Supervisors.

After each of the precincts in District 4 had reported, Holland held a slim 46-vote lead over Crevitt. With 114 absentee ballots received from District 4 voters, a winner could not be declared without counting them.

Once absentee votes were counted, Holland had secured enough votes to claim victory. The unofficial results showed Holland earned 1,154 votes compared to Crevitt’s 1,097 votes.

“My gracious I did win,” Holland said after hearing he had earned enough votes to claim victory. “There is a sense of elation, but with absolute knowledge that people voted for this for a reason. They have expectations. We have things to do.

“I am not good at celebrating at times, but a lot of people worked for this to happen, and after they get done celebrating, it will be time to get to work.”

Crevitt had earned a spot in Tuesday’s general election by defeating incumbent District 4 Supervisor John Carlisle in August’s party primaries. Since Holland ran as an independent, he did not need to compete in a party primary.

“Both Marty and I were both interested in change,” Holland said, acknowledging the race between him and Crevitt was always going to be a close race. “I think we had a different vision of what that change should be and that difference in vision was perhaps the difference in the race.”


District 5

It came down to the final precinct reporting to make it official, but in the end, Kelle Barfield pulled out a convincing victory Tuesday evening, knocking off incumbent District 5 supervisor Richard George and fellow challenger Carl Campbell.

The unofficial totals gave Barfield a 748-vote victory over George, earning 57 percent of the vote in the district race.

“I am excited and I can’t wait to get to work,” Barfield said. “This is an incredible country that we live in and it is an incredible county we live in and I am so grateful that so many of them see the future in Warren County that I see and I feel in my heart.”

In a brief comment after the results were announced, George said, “I’m done.”

Barfield said her election and the significant turnover on the Warren County Board of Supervisors is a sign of hope for the county. Barfield, Shawn Jackson and Ed Herring all won Supervisor seats for the first time on Tuesday. The District 4 race between Jeff Holland and Marty Crevitt was still too close to call, but both candidates were also running for a first term.

“Truly as I spoke with people this is a vote for hope in Warren County,” Barfield said. “As much as I appreciate and I am humbled by a victory, it is a vote for our future, and I do believe that. People want to see exciting things, they want to see progress, they want to see new ideas, and so they were very supportive of electing somebody who had not been in public service before.”

Barfield earned 1,853 votes compared to George’s 1,105 votes. Campbell earned 305 votes. The totals were unofficial and do not include absentee votes.


Warren County Prosecuting Attorney

Ken Harper defeated incumbent Ricky Johnson and challenger Stephen McMillin Tuesday to earn the post as Warren County’s prosecuting attorney.

Harper earned 43 percent of the vote, recording 5,615 votes, which was an 1,865-vote margin over second place Johnson.


Reporters Terri Cowart Frazier, John Surratt, Ann Wallace DeRossette and Tim Reeves contributed to this report.