December 2, 2020

Special Election Yields New District Commissioner

Newly elected District 5 Commissioner Joe Adams will take office in January of 2015.

Newly elected District 5 Commissioner Joe Adams will take office in January of 2015.

(Franklin) — The special election held Tuesday for the Heard County District 5 Commissioner seat resulted in a new face being elected to Heard County Board of Commissioners.

Joe Adams defeated incumbent Sandi Allen by a final tally of 143-115 to claim the commission seat which was embroiled in controversy after the Republican primary.

Adams was the leading vote-getter in the Republican primary held on May 20, 2014 and appeared to have avoided a runoff by just one vote until Allen challenged the election results in Heard County Superior Court.

Allen and Adams were thrown into a new special election after Judge William H. Ison ruled on July 14 in favor of Allen’s challenge to the results of the primary in which Adams narrowly defeated Allen by a margin of 111-102.

Yvette Abrahamson finished in a distant third place collecting eight votes in the primary. Abrahamson was declared eligible by Judge Ison to participate in the special election but chose to withdraw.

Ison ruled that the primary results be thrown out after it was determined that a poll worker in the southwest district incorrectly gave one voter a ballot for the wrong district on the morning of the election.

“I just want to thank all of the people who came out to vote today as well as those who early voted the last three weeks,” Adams said by phone after the results were posted. “This was the best turnout I have seen for a runoff before. I think the people wanted to make a statement.”

The vote was a marked turnaround from the last election when the two faced off one on one during the 2010 general election for the same seat. Allen running as a Democrat defeated Adams running as a Republican 355-275 in November of 2010 giving Allen the seat up until this year.

“The vote was a fair vote today and I know that Joe will do a good job for Heard County, ” said Allen Tuesday night. “I just have to wait and see what God has in store for me and see what doors he is going to open.” is working to gather information on the total cost of the special election and should have more information on that later in the week.


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