Close Race for Dixie County Judge, Mixed Emotions Among Residents
The dust is settling after Tuesday's Primary Elections. In Dixie County, a difference of only 16 votes put Jennifer Ellison on top over incumbent Cynthia Munkittrick for County Judge. This comes on the heels of news that Ellison and others connected to the Property Assessors office had their properties assessed well under their actual value, but that wasn't enough to keep ellison from winning.
As canvassing board members printed the final results for the Dixie County Judge Election, residents crowded the office to hear who would be the winner. Because there was a difference of less than half a percent in the votes cast, an automatic recount was required. Dixie County Supervisor of Elections Starlet Cannon says, "The margin was close there, the recount numbers, there was a 16 vote difference so it automatically calls for a recount." Cannon adds that this is only the second time in her career since 1997 that she's seen an election come down this close. She says, "We have a lot of people that was out there supporting both candidates, and we just had to wait and see what the outcome was gonna be for both of them."
The county saw voter turnout for this election at a little over 36%. With the results officially released around noon today, some residents were excited to hear Jennifer Ellsion won. Resident Rap Brown says, "Ms. Ellison has been a lawyer here for a long time and I've been in them for a long time, and I think she's a good woman to serve this job, I think she'll be fit to all the people."
Other residents say they had wished incumbent Cynthia Munkittrick had held on to her gavel, but that it's out of their hands now.
Resident Nina Johnson says, "Truthfully, I think she, um... I don't know really how to say it, I really feel that she worked very hard to get it, and she won by 16 votes, and I think a lot of people thought she would slide in, but she slid in on a banana peel."
We asked three other people what they thought about the results, and they said they were not happy that Ellison won, but they refused to go on camera. Ellison and her attorney also refused to speak on camera.
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