JONESVILLE — Two incumbents won reelection while two challengers won their first terms in office in Tuesday’s Jonesville Town Council election.
Voters went to the polls Tuesday to choose between incumbent council members John Ray Fowler, Danny Gregory, Ann Queen, and Donna Simmons and challengers James “Bogan” Fowler, Danny Horlacher, and Ronald Young. The seven candidates were seeking the four town council seats on Tuesday’s ballot.
Unofficial results show Young winning his first term on council with 125 votes and Horlacher his first term with 124 votes. Gregory was reelected with 101 votes and John Ray Fowler with 99 votes. James “Bogan” Fowler finished fifth with 86 votes while Queen was sixth with 49 votes and Simmons seventh with 24 votes.
Jonesville Election Commission Chairman Harriet Moss said Wednesday that the commission will meet this morning at 10 a.m. at the Jonesville Municipal Complex to certify the election results.
Tuesday’s election was the final phase of the implementation of a changes in when Jonesville elects its mayor and council members and the duration of their terms in office. Until 2010, the office of mayor and the council seats were on the ballot in the same year with the winners elected to two-year terms. This raised the possibility that the town might elect a new mayor and an entirely new council unfamiliar with the operations and requirements of municipal government.
To prevent this from happening and ensure that there is always an officeholder familiar with municipal government, the town changed its election statutes to elect the mayor and council in different year. The town began implementing this change in 2010 when the mayor was elected to a four-year term. The council members elected Tuesday will also serve four-year terms and their seats will be on the ballot again in 2016 while the mayor’s office will be on the ballot in 2014.