Ellenboro re-elects incumbents

Nov. 06, 2013 @ 07:16 AM

When he found out the final election results, Ellenboro Alderman Mike Rhyne was more concerned with another member on the ballot.

He was worried about Lee Allen, another alderman seeking re-election. Rhyne said no one saw Allen throughout the day and he wasn't with the candidates as returns came in.

"I just want to make sure he's okay," Rhyne said. "He hasn't been feeling well lately."

He, Rhyne and Allan (Bunt) Black might feel a little better this morning as Ellenboro voters re-elected the trio Tuesday during the municipal elections.

In fact, it didn't bother Rhyne to learn he wasn't the top vote-getter. Allen, with his 60 votes earned the top spot behind Rhyne's 58 and Black's 51 votes. Former Alderman Michael G. Jennings received 29 votes. Kimberly Lawson was unopposed for an unexpired term and won the seat.

Needless to say, Rhyne was able to reach out to Allen and tell him he was re-elected.

Allen, who has battled prostate cancer and has received 38 radiation treatments since having his prostate removed last year, seemed in good spirits after learning of the results.

"I'm glad with the board we have and how we work together," Allen said. "They are all good communicators and that is a good thing for the town and we all want what's better for the town."

For Allen and Rhyne, this will be their second term on the board. Black is entering his second full term after filling an unexpired term. Black also served two terms as Mayor.

All three lauded the current board.

"It's been the best board I've served on," Black said. "Not that we all agree but …"

Rhyne, Black and Allen all said the communication on the board has been "great" and that should continue as they all enter their second term in office.

"I'm glad with the board we have and how we work together," Allen said. "They are all good communicators and that is a good thing for the town and we all want what's better for the town."

Jennings, who served 10 years on the board from 1982-92 and ran two years ago, said he was disappointed in the results.

"I think I'm going to call it quits," Jennings said. "I'm done."

Election results aside, Allen said his cancer won't stop him from fulfilling his next term.

"I'm not at the top peak but I'm doing better," Allen said. "I run out of energy fast and I haven't built up my immune system yet. 

"But, I got up this morning and I'm thankful for that."

Results are unofficial until canvassed by the Board of Elections on Nov. 12.