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Dead candidate wins by landslide

Published 10:26am Wednesday, August 29, 2012

By Laura Pemberton, Staff Writer

The late Janis Cooksey Canham has been elected mayor of Jacksons Gap.

Canham received 128 votes for mayor; Michael Crouch received 66.

“I don’t understand why they would have voted for a deceased person,” Crouch said. “I don’t know what went on, but it’s not over yet. I have some things to look into.”

Acting Mayor Jeff Walker ran unopposed for Town Council Seat 1. He will continue to serve as mayor until the new town council is sworn in Nov. 5. Walker said the town council will have 60 days after Nov. 5 to appoint someone to fill Canham’s position. If the town council is unable to appoint someone – it will be the governor’s responsibility.

“We’ll figure it out,” Walker said. “We wish we didn’t have to appoint someone, but that’s just the way the law works.”

Incumbent Brady Crocker was elected to Seat 5 with 135 votes.

“I was appointed last term for one year,” Crocker said. “This was my first election. I’m very happy with the way things turned out.”

Crocker said he is optimistic about moving forward and unsure who the town council will appoint as mayor.

“I’m not sure what we’re going to do about that yet,” Crocker said. “We’ll get together and discuss it.”

Janice Glaze was elected to Seat 3 with 135 votes.

Dana Tolbert Ford was elected to Seat 4 with 112 votes. She could not be reached for comment.

Crouch thanked his supporters and said he is proud.

“The people who came out for me were sincere and I appreciate them,” Crouch said. “They wanted a change.”

Crouch remains open to the possibility of being mayor.

“I don’t think they (the town council) will appoint me, but if they do I’ll be glad to take the spot,” Crouch said.

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