By David Knopf/Richmond News
An Orrick resident whose father was an unsuccessful write-in candidate for alderman asked the board this week to decipher the town’s ballot scenario for the April 8 election.
Raniesa Sherrill said her purpose wasn’t to contest the results – incumbents Shirley Taylor and Jeanette Hensley were re-elected to two-year board seats and newcomer Kent McAfee, a write-in, was elected to a one-year term to complete a term left vacant by a resignation.
City Attorney Kevin Baldwin said if Sherrill had questions about the election they should be directed to the office of Ray County Clerk Glenda Powell, not to the aldermen. Baldwin said the board’s first order of business Monday was to swear in the newly elected aldermen – Taylor, Hensley and McAfee, who received 40 votes, the most among three write-in candidates.
“This isn’t the place where you challenge the election,” he said. “It’s something for the county clerk. The purpose of this meeting is to install new officers. No matter what the question is, that has to happen first.”
The three aldermen were then sworn in – a traditional top-of-the-agenda item usually referred to as a board’s reorganization.