Only 5.33 percent of Smith County voters cast a ballot during the Saturday, May 5, elections, according to Smith County reports. Percentages for specific precincts were not available and the results of the elections were unofficial at the time of this report.
Votes cast for Troup Independent School board of trustee candidates were nearly evenly split between early voting ballots and those cast on Election Day with a small percentage of mail in votes being received. TISD will canvass the vote on Thursday, May 10, during the regular board meeting.
If the vote is confirmed, Gene Whitsell will retain his membership as a trustee on the TISD school board. He took 59.63 percent of the votes over the 40.37 percent garnered by his opponent Lee Morris, according to election results posted by Smith County. Whitsell will serve the next three years in Place 5.
Joe Morris was elected to complete the two-year term for Place 1 with 88 ballots cast in his favor for 57.89 percent of votes. Burnel “Sonny” Selden, who also ran for Place 1, had a total of 64 votes for 42.11 percent of the ballots.
John Whitsell, who ran unopposed on the ballot, will serve a new three year term in Place 4 on the TISD Board of Trustees.