Loudon County GOP Shake-up
|If you have been following the activities of the
state legislators in Nashville, you have probably been reading about the
changes coming to the state and local election commissions. Now that the
balance of power in Nashville has gone to the republicans that in turn
changes the balance of power with the state election commission. This in
turns changes the balance of power with the local election commission.
For the first time in a long time republicans will control the balance of power in all election commissions. For Loudon County that means that our election commission will be seated with three republicans and two democrats giving the republicans a majority vote of the board. This in turn gives the republicans the majority vote to appoint the coordinator of elections. For Loudon County that process has taken it's first steps.
The appointment of the three election commissioners is the legal authority of State representative Jimmy Matlock. Matlock has asked the Loudon County Republican Party executive committee to submit those names. Thursday night the Loudon County executive committee met to vote on the members. The two current GOP election commission members, Kay Brooks from Greenback and Ken Brewster from Loudon were included in the list of nominations. After the eight voting members had cast their ballots, three new members were elected to the commission. Mary Sue Jordan, 5th district, Darlene Shrub 6th district and Earl Ammon 7th district were the three republicans chosen as the election commissioners. Neither incumbent commissioner was reelected. The democrat members of the commission are Betty Brown and Sue Jane Hartsook. GOP executive members include Tracy Littleton, Sarah Bledsoe, Ken Shockley, Estelle Heron, Jason Hatfield, Mike Cartwright, Kent Booher and Sean Giles.
It will now be up to the new election commissioners to
decide if they want to appoint a new coordinator of elections. Dana
Zehner, a democrat, is the current coordinator of elections. Zehner who
was at the time chairman of the Loudon County Democratic Party, was
appointed to the post after long time election commissioner Pat Ingram
retired. Ingram had held the position for 27 years. Zehner took office
April 1st 2004. The new board could choose to retain Zehner but the
republican controlled state election commission can reject the
appointment of a democrat.
Partisan politics, you gotta love it.