Tuesday’s ballot important to our future

Published 12:43 am Saturday, April 9, 2016

Covington County residents still have a bit of election work to do before the November General Election.

On Tuesday, local voters are among the few in Alabama who will return to the polls for a run-off. On the ballot? Just one regional race, and one local race in which no one received a majority of the votes during the March 1 GOP primary.

At the top of the ballot is the District 1 seat for the Alabama State Board of Education, which includes Baldwin, Butler, Covington, Conecuh, Crenshaw, Escambia and Mobile counties.

The incumbent, Matthew Brown, is a Baldwin County engineer who was appointed to the seat by Gov. Robert Bentley. Challenger Jackie Zeigler is a retired educator whose husband, Jim Zeigler, is the state auditor.

Covington County is the only of those seven counties in which there will be a local race on the ballot. Local residents will choose between Kyle Adams and Kylan Lewis for Covington County Commissioner.

In March, Lewis led Adams by 194 votes. Lewis had 3,262 ballots to Adams’ 3,068. The third candidate, Allen Lucas garnered 1,968 votes.

The winner will join two current commissioners, Joe Barton and Ken Northey, former Chairman Greg White as the new chairman, and newly-elected Tony Holmes on the commission in November.

It is estimated the run-off for just these seven counties will cost the state more than $500,000. Both races are important to our future, so it’s important that we take time to vote.

The polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.