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Callis, Pollock to vie for judge-executive in November

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By Jacob Blair

In a primary that drew only 28 percent of Trimble voters to the polls, Eddy Callis and Todd Pollock would be the two on top getting the nod for moving on to the general election in November.

Callis brought in 873 votes on the Democrat side of the ballot compared to second place David Scott, who had 653 votes. Eric Haller pulled 144 votes and Jason Hankinson had 42.

“It turned out the way I hoped, that’s for sure,” Callis said. “I talked to a lot of good people, got over a lot of houses, a lot of people I didn’t get to see and I’m going to take off a few months and catch up around home. Then I’m going to get on the trail again and see if I can’t win this thing this the fall.”

Since campaigning, Callis said some of the issues that will get a renewed focus in the fall are lower taxes, planning and zoning and the nuisance ordinances.

“Several things like that have come up that we need to work on,” he said.

Pollock had 189 votes compared to Rita Faye Davis’ 97 on the Republican ticket.

“I am very thankful for the Republican voters that came out today to vote for me,” Pollock said. “They only had one item to vote on and that was the judge-executive. I’m just grateful that they turned out and voted for me.

“I’m excited about the upcoming general election and know I’ve got to do a lot of knocking on doors and shaking hands and getting the word out about what I stand for and the direction I want to lead the county.”

Pollock added that crossing party lines and getting to talk with more voters would be his goals going toward the fall.

“It’s all uphill from here and I’m ready to do some climbing,” he said.

Also moving on to the November election will be Chris Liter with 200 votes, defeating incumbent Nolan Hamilton Jr. with 165 for the Democrat magisterial race in District 1. Travis Webster had 125 votes in Tuesday’s primary. Liter will face Republican Will Sizemore.

“First of all, I’d like to thank Nolan for 12 years of service to our county,” Liter said. “As we come up in the fall, I still think our financial issues in the county is what I’m going to be focused on and planning and zoning and how we’re going to deal with that issue. We’re going to clean Trimble County up.”

Three incumbents will retain office after Tuesday’s primary. Jailer Bobby Temple obtained 1,301 votes compared to Travis Price’s 400.

Kenny Green brought home 171 votes in the magisterial race for District 2 over 135 by Philip Wright. Michael Aldridge had 45 votes.

Tom Persell, constable for District 1, retained his position with 206 votes compared to 158 by John R. Turner and 81 by Lee Carson.

In the race for District 3 magistrate, J.D. Jones had 106 votes over a tie for second place between David Pirtle and Tom Boaz, each with 93 votes. Trevor Goode had 84 votes followed by Danny Black with 76, James Breeden with 59 and Donald Carson with 11.

“I got very lucky. You’ve got family and faith there holding me through,” Jones said. “…I really appreciate all the love and support throughout this campaign. The people of Trimble County are great. People brought me into their homes and talked to me. I’ve met a lot of new friends and they’ve really treated me like family.”

Kirby Melvin got the nod in the District 4 magistrate race with 156 votes over David Smith with 144 votes. Incumbent Don McCarty brought in 61 votes and Neil S. Abney had nine votes.

Only 2,033 voters out of a possible 7,301 voted in Tuesday’s election. Thirty-one voters opted for mail-in ballots while 70 were walk-ins and voted by absentee ballot on the machine set up in the county clerk’s office. The 28 percent turnout in Trimble County is lower than the 30 percent turnout statewide predicted by Secretary of State Allison Lundergan Grimes.

A precinct-by-precinct breakdown will appear in the Banner’s May 31 edition.