Catoosa County residents turned out in higher than expected numbers Nov. 23 for the Court of Appeals Judge run-off election.
“I was surprised that we had 851 cards cast, especially since it was raining,” said Ann Cain, Catoosa County elections officer. “Even though turnout was low, it was much higher than the 500 I expected.”
Catoosa voters chose Howard Mead for the office with 491 votes, or 57.43 percent, over Debra Bernes, who received 364, or 42.57 percent.
Despite the local support, Mead lost statewide. According to the office of Secretary of State Cathy Cox and with 99 percent of precincts reporting statewide, Debra Bernes garnered 131,989, or 54 percent, while Howard Mead earned 112,332 votes, or 46 percent.
Cain said that after coordinating five elections this year, she and all the election workers are looking forward to no scheduled elections in 2005.
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