Kingston elects Casey mayor, Posey to council
by Matt Shinall
Nov 09, 2011 | 1913 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
With the county's highest turnout rate at 54.3 percent, Kingston residents went to the polls Tuesday voting on several referendums and three seats, including mayor.

Incumbent Mayor Dexter Jones lost out to former Mayor Ronald Casey. Casey took 100 votes, 53.76 percent, for the win over Jones' 65 votes for 34.95 percent.

Casey served as Kingston's mayor prior to Jones' current term. Casey did not run in the 2009 election.

"I am appreciative of the people who voted for me, gave me another chance to be mayor of Kingston. I hope in the two years that I have that I'll be able to do some good for my town," Casey said.

Once in office, Casey hopes to see safety improvements with the addition of sidewalks to Highway 293 and guardrails on dangerous sections of road.

Vying for city council Post 2, Harold Posey beat out incumbent Councilman Billy Sanders. Posey took 117 votes, 64.64 percent, over Sanders' 64 votes at 35.36 percent.

"I just want to thank the voters for their confidence that they placed in me to serve in the council and I'll work hard to serve the best interests of all of our citizens," Posey said, adding goals of strengthening the budget and bettering communication. "I'd like to see a good, strong budgeting process to strengthen our financial position.

"I would like to see communication between the city and our citizens. I think it would mean a lot in the way of keeping people informed of what's going on in city government."

In the race for city council Post 3, incumbent Councilman Elbert "Chuck" Wise Jr. took 129 votes for 69.73 percent over former Councilman Vivian Shaw's 55 votes at 29.73 percent. Wise has served on the council since 2001.

"I just appreciate everyone coming out tonight voting and supporting me through the election. I look forward to working with a new mayor that's been there before and another new council person. I want to continue to try to do what's best for the community and really just thank everyone for coming out and showing interest whether they're voting for me or not," Wise said. "The people spoke for who they wanted for the job and I am grateful to be in a position for as long as I have been in there and I'll continue to try to be a leader in the community."