RUSK – A May 4 municipal election that drew three candidates for the mayoral seat and called for the ousting of two council members brought a record number of voters to the polls, said Rusk Mayor Angela Raiborn, the incumbent candidate who won another term.
“The '09 alcohol election brought out a lot of voters, and this one was right up there with it – we had a good turnout this time,” she said. “Most of (the ballots cast) happened at early voting.”
According to preliminary results released by city officials, Raiborn received 507 votes, while mayoral candidates Jefferson Jackson received 119 votes and Connie Parsons received 50.
“I am so honored and humbled by the overwhelming support that I have received throughout this mayoral election and campaign,” Raiborn posted on her Facebook page Sunday evening. “I am thankful to the citizens of Rusk for the honor to serve as their mayor for another term. The outpouring of love, support and prayers have been amazing. I ask continued prayers for myself, the council and our city. I also want to thank my opponent Connie Parsons for her kind words of congratulations and running an honorable campaign. There is no other place I would rather work, live and raise a family. #I♥️Rusk”
Incumbent councilman Ben Middlebrooks retained his District 1 council seat, receiving 59 votes to Trey Todd's 16 votes.
The District 2 race was uncontested, with incumbent councilman and mayor pro tem Walter Session receiving 33 votes.
Voters also cast ballots in a recall election focused on the ouster of Councilmen Ken Ferrara and Jan Pate, who were elected to office in 2018.
A total of 123 votes favored Ferrara's recall from the District 4 seat, with 42 votes against the recall.
Pate, the District 5 councilman, also lost the recall election, with 146 votes cast in favor of the recall, and 64 against.
The council will canvass votes during a May 9 regular meeting, according to City Secretary Rosalyn Brown. Newly elected members will be sworn in and the council will then consider replacements to fill the two vacant seats on the board. No date has been set for the swearing in, she said.
Meanwhile, preliminary election results for the City of Cuney were not available Monday. Four candidates filed for two places on the local city council. Place 1 candidates were Karen Chilton and Charles Cross, while Marshall Roberts and Vivian Earl vied for Place 5 on the council.