NEW MADRID - Voter turnout was lower than even what New Madrid County Clerk Clement Cravens had expected. Some 1,968 voters took time to exercise their right to vote in Tuesday's election.
Cravens said he had hoped to see at least 3,000 of the county's approximately 13,000 registered voters cast ballots. However, overall the election day ran smoothly, he said.
Two of the county's four school district's did have races which drew interest.
There is one new person on the New Madrid County R-1 School Board following Tuesday's vote, according to the unofficial totals provided by Cravens' office. Leading the vote tally was newcomer Tim Dambach who polled 693 votes for one of the three three-year terms on the board. Re-elected were Kay Rebstock, who received 620 votes and Scott Riley, who had 527 votes. Losing the election were: incumbent board member Don Brittain, who had 429 votes; Dwayne Stanley, 450 votes; Joey Causey, 385 votes; and Phillip L. "Moon" Carter, 119 votes.
Turnout was high by voters in the Gideon No. 37 School District. Elected to the three three-year terms on the board were Tim Stanfield, Kevin Lawrence and Tim Winchester. Stanfield had 175 votes; Lawrence 166; Winchester, 137, and Sandra Marlow, 108.
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