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7-26-04 Landslide In Jackson County Changes Commission

One advantage for voters in Jackson County is much competent and aggressive Media Coverage.  The Jackson Herald and The Commerce News do a great job!   I wish other area counties had some of Jackson County’s media coverage.  It would change the landscape- and for the better!

AVOC

 

July 26, 2004

 

Jackson County “Overhauls” Its BOC

 

By Wendell Dawson, Editor, AVOC, Inc.

 

While I was not surprised at the election loss of Commission Chair Harold Fletcher, the size of the defeat was overwhelming.

 

His actions and attitude have not been attractive to voters.  His attitude about Bear Creek Reservoir was disturbing to me personally.

 

Pat Bell is a conscientious person and will do a great job.  Other changes on the Board should help her.

 

Other counties have many problems.  One advantage for voters in Jackson County is much competent and aggressive Media Coverage.  The Jackson Herald and The Commerce News do a great job!   I wish other area counties had some of Jackson County’s media coverage.  It would change the landscape- and for the better!

 


The Jackson Herald

         http://www.mainstreetnews.com/Active/Jack.html#Anchor-Landslide-49575

 

 

July 22, 2004

 

Landslide!


Bell boots Fletcher 84% to 16%.

 

Thomason ousted by political newcomer.

 

Crow elected to BOC without a runoff in 4-person race. …..

 

A loud voice calling for change echoed across the Jackson County political landscape Tuesday night as voters ousted two incumbent county commissioners. One lost by the largest margin in the county’s history. The other fell to an unknown political newcomer.


By the end of the night Tuesday, Jackson County voters had radically changed the balance of power on the five-member Jackson County Board of Commissioners. In addition to throwing out those two incumbents, voters elected a third new BOC member in a race that did not have an incumbent candidate running.

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BELL-FLETCHER
In the county’s most controversial contest between incumbent county commission chairman Harold Fletcher and former state representative Pat Bell, voters ousted Fletcher by an unheard of margin, giving Bell 84 percent of the vote to Fletcher’s 16 percent. Bell will now face Democrat Roy Grubbs in November’s General Election.


The BOC, under Fletcher’s leadership, had been controversial over the last three years on a wide variety of issues. Bell said Wednesday morning that her stunning margin of victory was because citizens were “just tired of being left out of the process.”


“I think this was the people’s race,” she said. “They have spoken and I believe they were just tired of being left out of the process. I think this reached far beyond the courthouse issue.”
A call to Fletcher for a comment had not been returned as of press time Wednesday.


THOMPSON-THOMASON
While the margin of Fletcher’s loss was stunning, just as shocking was the defeat of incumbent District 2 BOC member Sammy Thomason by Jody Thompson, a political newcomer who was little known in that Commerce area district.


Although Thomason was often an ally of Fletcher’s on the BOC, many observers had predicted that he would retain his seat on the board due to having an opponent with little name recognition. But Thompson took 54 percent of the vote, 732-615, to oust the incumbent.


Wednesday, Thompson said the results should “send a message.”


“I want to thank Jackson County for making a good decision, not only in my race, but all the way across the board,” he said. “It’s a positive move for Jackson County. It sends a message out to a lot of people.”

For his part, Thomason said a “lot of promises were made” in his race.


“I want to thank the people of my district and Jackson County who have supported me, but the people have spoken and time will tell if they get what they expect,” he said. “A lot of promises were made.”

CROW WINS IN FOUR-WAY


In the BOC District 1 race, Tom Crow won a four-way contest without a runoff by taking 61 percent of the vote. Incumbent Stacey Britt didn’t run for re-election in the district. Like both Bell and Thompson, Crow had been a vocal critic of the current BOC.
Crow had served on the county water authority for a term, but was kicked off by the BOC when he refused to help that board take over that independent authority
. And Crow has been a critic of parts of the county’s property appraisal system and is currently facing a lawsuit from the county in a move he believes was politically-motivated.
Wednesday, Crow said he looked forward to working with county citizens.

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Opinion

 

By Mike Buffington

 

Hurricane on the political horizon

If you think this week’s election was tantamount to an earthquake rumbling across our county’s political landscape, you would be right.


Earthquake. Avalanche. Landslide. Eruption.


The adjectives are almost too numerous to list. And a few are a little too racy to print in a family newspaper.


But by whatever name you describe it, Tuesday the citizens of Jackson County made their feelings about their county government known. And those in government have no where left to hide, no one left to blame except themselves.


Spanked. Whipped. Pounded. Trounced. Routed. Vanquished.


But the game isn’t over just yet. A lame-duck BOC has five months left in office, five months in which it could make mischief for those who will follow.

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