Anderson, Rogers in mayoral runoff
captured a majority of the votes cast for Monticello Mayor in Tuesday’s special election, there will be a runoff election May 30.
Unofficially, Interim Mayor David Anderson, who was running on the Democratic ticket, received 456 votes, Independent Joe Rogers received 389 votes and Independent Ronny Carr received 206 votes.
Between early voting and the votes that were cast on Tuesday, there were a total of 1,051 votes. Anderson secured 43 percent and Rogers 37 percent. These two former Mayors of Monticello will face each other in the runoff.
According to Drew County Clerk Lyna Gulledge, in this type of election, to declare a winner, a candidate must have 50 percent plus one vote of votes cast.
“I appreciate everyone that came out and voted in the special election for mayor,” said Rogers, who served as Mayor from Jan. 1, 2007 to Dec.31, 2010 and also for the five months previous to former Mayor Zack Tucker’s election in 2014,
“A special election is just that; special, and it takes special effort, time and energy to get out and go vote. I especially appreciate all the people that worked so hard in supporting me and that voted for me. With the runoff election on the horizon, I need all my supporters to continue working for me and I need all those votes again.
“I also ask everyone that supported Mr. Carr to look at my record when I was in offi ce, visit with me and fi nd out what I stand for and I would cherish your vote and support as well. There are a number of challenges facing our city. We need a mayor that is up to the task. I am ready to take on those challenges and keep Monticello moving. I look forward to serving you as your next mayor.”
Until the runoff election is held, Anderson will remain in offi ce. He was appointed by the Monticello City Council when Tucker resigned in January after being charged with abuse of offi ce and tampering with public records.
”I am pleased with the out come last night in receiving the most votes from Monticellonians,” said Anderson. Monticello’s Mayor from Jan. 1, 2003 to Dec. 31, 2006—and, obviously, the current Interim Mayor since January 2017—said. “I am looking forward to the runoff and winning the term for the next year and a half. I will still be in the offi ce and have an open-door policy.
“Please come by and see me and I will do my best to take care of any and all issues that face Monticello and the people.” Carr, who received the fewest amount of votes in the special election, will not be on the ballot for the runoff election.
“I appreciate the support and votes that I got and I look forward to doing this again in the future,” Carr said.
The person elected May 30 will serve until December 2018.