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May 10, 2014

Ken de la Bastide: Democrats use absentee ballots to secure wins

Every politician enters a campaign with a strategy that will lead to an Election Day victory, but few have been as successful as the Democrats in Anderson’s 4th Ward.

For weeks, political observers from both parties in Madison County were commenting on the number of absentee ballots being cast in Tuesday’s primary.

When the ballots were counted the candidates supported in the 4th Ward found victory in a countywide, citywide and county council district race.

Tamie Dixon-Tatum beat first-time candidate Kathy Mougette for the Democratic Party nomination for Madison County treasurer and will face incumbent Republican Kelly Gaskill in the fall general election.

Of the 3,787 votes that Dixon-Tatum received, 20 percent came from Anderson’s 4th Ward. Mougette received 98 votes in the ward, or three percent of her total.

Fred Reese, running for the District 3 seat on the Madison County Council, defeated Dick Symmes and Paul McClish. Reese will now oppose Republican Jim Dodge for the seat in which no incumbent is running.

Reese received 56 percent of his 1,349 ballots in the 4th Ward, which was enough to overcome Symmes in the remainder of the district. Symmes got 12 percent of his vote in the ward.

John Bostic received 40 percent of his 1,868 votes in the ward to defeat Barbara Johnson for the Anderson Township trustee nomination. Bostic will be running against Republican Phil Herbig in the fall. Johnson tallied 135 votes in the ward of 17 percent.

The interesting thing is that Dixon-Tatum and Reese both received 753 votes in the ward and Bostic got 752.

Voters casting absentee ballots in the ward appeared to have followed the unofficially slated candidates on primary day.

In the Democratic Party contest for the sheriff’s nomination, winner Scott Mellinger received 506 of his 3,587 votes or 14 percent in the 4th Ward. Brian Bell got 232 votes in the ward, or 6.5 percent of his 3,539 votes. Jeff Hardin got 15.6 percent of his 614 votes in the ward.

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