Bo­mar wins seat on Ring­gold coun­cil; Franks is re-elected

The Catoosa County News - - FRONT PAGE - By Adam Cook

Ring­gold’s City Coun­cil will have a new face in 2018 af­ter new­comer Kelly Bo­mar de­feated in­cum­bent Jake Haynes Tues­day, Nov. 7.

Four peo­ple, in­clud­ing in­cum­bent Ran­dall Franks and new­comer Rhonda Swaney, were vy­ing for two at­large seats in the non-par­ti­san race, with the top two voteget­ters as the win­ners. Vot­ers were in­structed to pick two of the four can­di­dates.

Franks was re-elected to his post.

Out of 712 votes cast among the 383 bal­lots, the votes went: Bo­mar, 209 (29.35%); Franks, 188 (26.40%); Swaney, 167 (23.46%); and Haynes, 146 (20.51%).

The city has about 1,750 “ac­tive” vot­ers. An “in­ac­tive” voter is one who has not cast a bal­lot in two straight fed­eral elec­tions.

Bo­mar, a teacher, ran for a coun­cil seat in 2015. In that race he ac­cu­mu­lated the fewest votes among seven can­di­dates vy­ing for three seats. On Tues­day, he took home the most votes.

“I just want to give a big ‘thank you’ to all the peo­ple that helped, and a big ‘thank you’ to all the other can­di­dates,” Bo­mar said. “I’ve learned a lot, even from all the other op­po­nents. A big ‘thank you’ to Rhonda (Swaney) and her crew and her fam­ily. We weren’t a ticket by any means, but we did a lot kind of to­gether as the chal­lengers try­ing to do change and stuff. ... I know she worked her guts out and ran a great cam­paign. I def­i­nitely look for­ward to be­ing able to do some good things for the city and rep­re­sent­ing the city well.”

Franks said he’s ex­cited about the fu­ture of the city and an­other four-year term rep­re­sent­ing his com­mu­nity.

“I want to thank Ring­gold res­i­dents for the faith that they have once again placed in me to serve them on the Ring­gold City Coun­cil,” Franks said in a pre­pared state­ment. “I congratulate my fel­low coun­cil mem­ber-elect. Our city has an amaz­ing fu­ture in store and ev­ery Ring­gold res­i­dent will be needed to help us achieve even greater op­por­tu­ni­ties in our home­town. I look for­ward to work­ing with all our res­i­dents along­side my fel­low coun­cil mem­bers, to en­sure the goals I shared dur­ing my cam­paign are among the pri­or­i­ties that we strive to achieve.”

In ad­di­tion to thanking the vot­ers, Franks praised the com­mu­nity as a whole.

“I am thank­ful that the warmth, kind­ness, and a pos­i­tive na­ture of our com­mu­nity shined through at the polls,” he said. “We are amaz­ing peo­ple with a unique his­tory, strong sense of com­mu­nity, deeply rooted pa­tri­o­tism, love of fam­ily, faith in God, and re­spect for one an­other. Folks may try to change who we are, but I pray that we never lose those val­ues be­cause that is what I be­lieve makes Ring­gold one of Amer­ica’s great­est cities.”

Bo­mar and Franks will be sworn into of­fice af­ter the first of the year, prior to the first City Coun­cil meet­ing.

Kelly Bo­mar

Ran­dall Franks

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