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It's ladies first in city election

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Two Shelbyville city council incumbents retained their seats Tuesday while another was defeated by a previous member of that body.

According to unofficial results, Ward 5 Councilman Randy Vernon was unseated by Jean Pruitt, who had previously served on the city council, by a vote of 349 to 198.

Jo Ann Holland defeated Bobby Lee Parker in the Ward 1 race, with Holland gathering 365 votes and Parker taking just 180, with two write-in votes being made.

Incumbent Kay Rose held on to her Ward 3 seat, beating Chad Graham 510 to 468, along with three write-in votes, according to unofficial totals.

Pruitt, who served two terms from 1997 to 2004, said she was "glad, excited and happy" to have won the seat she once held.

"I can't wait. I'm so glad to be able to get back there and to get back with the people," she said. She also thanked all the people that worked with her on the campaign.

Pruitt said the first thing she is going to do is to "find out what's going on with the budget." She said she would keep her promise of keeping taxes low and make the people's wishes her priority.

"First of all, I would like to congratulate Mrs. Pruitt on her victory and wish her the very best in her upcoming term," Vernon said Wednesday morning.

"I also want to thank those who supported me and gave me the opportunity to serve over the last three and a half years."

Holland said Wednesday morning that her statement was "short and sweet," thanking the people of Shelbyville for all their support over the years.

"With the economy as it is today, we've got our work cut out for us, but working together as a team, we can get the job done," she said.

"Can't pick but one winner, but I'm a good loser as well as a good winner," Parker said Tuesday night. "She had a little more strength than I had."

Parker thanked those who voted for him and also for the people that voted against him for expressing their opinion.

"I thank everyone very much who voted for me and thank the others just the same," Parker said.

Rose said she was glad that the race was over, and said her only agenda was to "give back to the community that's been so wonderful to me."

"Chad fought a hard race, but it was a clean one between us," Rose said, wishing Graham the best in his future endeavors.

Rose said she would work as hard as she can and serve to the best of her ability. She said she will have a listening ear and while she may not be able to get everything done as she would like, she will do the right thing."

"We have such a terrific town," Rose said

Graham thanked his supporters Wednesday morning, adding that this was his first attempt at this type of position and he has learned much about what it takes to win such a race.

"I intend to learn from this experience and I congratulate Kay on her win," Graham said.