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Elections Superintendent Julie Roberts said she expects a heavy turnout during the 21 days of early voting leading up to the November 6 election day. Along with the national presidential election, local voters will also elect a tax commissioner and the district 1 county commission post.  Incumbent Sharon Troglin, an independent, is seeking to keep her post as tax commissioner against republican David Leister. For the county commission district 1 post, democrat Sally Sue Bradley is running against republican Jerry Barnes.


            This year’s ballots also ask voters whether they support the establishment of charter schools. The second question for local voters is whether to give the State Properties Commission the authority to enter into multi-year lease agreements.

            In a special election, Nelson residents will elect a mayor following David Leister’s resignation to run for tax commissioner. Mike Haviland and James Queen are both seeking the position.

            “In the last presidential election, half of the voters that voted voted with us – which is incredible,” Roberts said. “I know one day we had almost 800 voters come in to vote early.”

            There is one Saturday voting day, Oct. 27th, leading up to Election Day. Voters can cast their vote this day from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.