Close finish for mayor and circuit court clerk races

Friday, August 8, 2014

by Rachel Cook and Ivory Riner

Staff Writers

After two hours of waiting, the final results for both mayor and circuit court clerk elections came back.

When the early votes were counted for Circuit Court Clerk, incumbent Elinor Brandon Foster led by 10 votes. When the precinct totals were added to early voting totals later, many surprised faces were evident in the crowd that gathered at the Walking Horse Lodge to wait for news. Foster had fallen behind by 228 votes, losing to newcomer Courtney Curtis Boatright.

"I have no plans yet," Boatright told the Tribune over the phone, "But I am so excited! I want to make this the best opportunity for Marshall County. And thank you so much to all who voted for me!"

Meanwhile, the fight for County Mayor was neck and neck as Joe Boyd Liggett was above Scottie Poarch with 239 votes during the early voting totals. In the end, Liggett was re-elected for his third term as the Marshall County Mayor coming in with 3,557 votes, while Poarch finished with 3,448. This was Liggett's second run against Poarch.

Liggett, in a speech to his assembled supporters, said, "It takes three things to run a campaign: family, friends, and people willing to vote. We have put a lot of hard work into this."

When asked what his goals were for the future, he responded, "For my next four years as mayor, I want to work on the new Tennessee Promise program. I also want to work harder on getting the workforce ready and recruiting more jobs. I am so thankful to have all the great people working for me. Thank you for all who voted and worked hard for me. I am forever grateful."