2014 Elec­tions RUNOFF EDI­TION

See where your can­di­dates stand on the is­sues

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - KAYLA ROBINS krobins@cov­news.com

The runoff for the New­ton County Board of Com­mis­sion­ers District 4 seat is set for July 22, with five-term in­cum­bent J.C. Hen­der­son go­ing up against chal­lenger Sonya Hunte.

A runoff was sched­uled af­ter no can­di­date re­ceived a ma­jor­ity of votes in the ini­tial May 20 elec­tion, send­ing the two can­di­dates with the most votes to a fi­nal round. As there is no Repub­li­can op­po­si­tion, Tues­day’s vote will de­cide who takes the seat.

In May, Hen­der­son fell nine votes short and just be­low a ma­jor­ity, while Hunte re­ceived 397 votes (30.78 per­cent). The third can­di­date, Jac­que­lyn Smith, did not make the cut with 256 votes (19.84 per­cent).

Here’s a quick look at both can­di­dates’ re­sponses to the same ques­tions re­gard­ing their po­lit­i­cal plat­form and the runoff.

It’s about parks. It’s good for the com­mu­nity, and with the 2050 Plan they want parks and trails. If you put God first, ev­ery­thing will go right.

— J.C. Hen­der­son The mes­sage I want to res­onate with vot­ers is that I will com­mit to us­ing my tal­ents, ed­u­ca­tion and ex­pe­ri­ence to ad­dress the so­cial and eco­nomic chal­lenges faced in District 4.

— Sonya Hunte





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