Kuehler calls for runoff with Rushing

May. 15, 2014 @ 05:10 PM

The Union County Commissioners’ race is not over just yet. 

Tracy Kuehler requested a second primary election. She and Stoney Rushing will appear on the ballot again on Tuesday, July 15. 

Early voting will begin July 3 and end July 12 at the library. Weekday voting will be from 8:30 until 6 p.m., and and on Saturday, July 12, voting will be held from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. The polls will be closed on July 4 for the holiday.

On July 15, voters will vote at their regular precinct. 

“I thought about it for a long time,” Kuehler said. 

She said when she got up Sunday for Mother’s Day, her son gave her a hand-made card and at the end of the card he said that she never gave up. 

“In my mind, because there are two seats that didn’t have the 40 percent threshold ... for

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me not to continue with the runoff was basically to forfeit,” she said. 

She added that too many people worked too hard on her campaign for her to give up. 

Rushing said he is glad to continue his campaign. 

“I was hoping that we could move on, but I’ll be glad to continue the campaign,” he said. 

Rushing said he hopes there will be a chance for them to meet in public at a debate or a forum, adding that given the cost to the taxpayers, it would be nice to be able to sit down and explain their visions for Union County. 

After the primary election, only Commissioner Jerry Simpson had received more than 40 percent of the vote. Lance Simpson and Rushing came in second and third, but neither candidate received enough votes to secure the nomination. 

Because of the runoff, Lance Simpson has secured his nomination as commissioner. There are no Democrats running in the November general election, so the three nominees from the primary are the presumptive commissioners.