Cowan to run un­op­posed in Novem­ber

The Covington News - - NEWS - SANDRA BRANDS sbrands@cov­

Three Repub­li­cans were the only can­di­dates who en­tered the race for the Dis­trict 5 Com­mis­sioner seat on the New­ton County Board of Com­mis­sion­ers (BOC). Af­ter the May 24 pri­mary, when none of the can­di­dates re­ceived 50 per­cent of the vote, a run-off elec­tion, was sched­uled for last Tues­day.

Only 35 votes sep­a­rated the can­di­dates in the pri­mary. Ron­nie Cowan re­ceived 675, or 51.33 per­cent of the votes, while Jared Rut­berg re­ceived 640 votes, or 48.67 per­cent.

Be­cause there is no Demo­cratic or other party can­di­date for the seat, Cowan will be­come the next Dis­trict 5 Com­mis­sioner, re­plac­ing Le­vie Mad­dox. The elec­tion will be held Tues­day, Nov. 8.

Cowan said he looked for­ward to serv­ing his com­mu­nity on the BOC. “I first want to give glory to God for His grace and di­rec­tion through this elec­tion process, and thank my fam­ily for their con­stant sup­port.

“I am happy with Tues­day’s elec­tion re­sults and I sin­cerely thank all the cit­i­zens of Dis­trict 5 who voted for me and have en­trusted me to serve as their rep­re­sen­ta­tive,” he said. “I am also deeply grate­ful to my cam­paign team for their hard work.”

Rut­berg said he ran for the Dis­trict 5 Com­mis­sioner seat be­cause he wanted to be part of a com­mu­nity and help it be the best place to watch fam­i­lies and chil­dren grow.

“Thank you to all of those that voted for and sup­ported me, show­ing they ob­jec­tively wanted the best fu­ture for our county,” he said.

“Twelve plus years ago I chose to move our fam­ily to this com­mu­nity af­ter we got out of the Army,” he said. “I only wanted to be part of a com­mu­nity and help it be the best place to watch our chil­dren grow. Since then I led our fam­ily on this jour­ney, spend­ing lit­er­ally thousands of vol­un­teer hours and tens of thousands of dol­lars sup­port­ing the school sys­tem, non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tions, fundrais­ers, etc. all in an ef­fort to make this the best place to raise our fam­ily.”

He apol­o­gized to his wife and chil­dren for miss­ing so much fam­ily time this spring and sum­mer. “God has his reasons. I know I rep­re­sented my fam­ily hon­or­ably, was mo­ti­vated by self­less in­ten­tions and set a good ex­am­ple for my boys, which is most im­por­tant. God will show the path for me go­ing for­ward.”


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