UPDATED: Jasonville primary election numbers are in

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

In the Jasonville primaries, the voters have spoken.

For City Council Ward 2, incumbent Kelly Portteus took 53.98 percent of the vote to challenger Stephen Lee’s 46.02 percent. Total votes cast in the race numbered 113.

For the Republican Jasonville Mayoral race, Larry Watters Sr. will face incumbent Roy Terrell in the fall, taking 73.40 percent of the vote to opponent Tony Towell’s 26.60 percent. Total votes cast in the race numbered 94.

“I’m very happy,” said City Council Ward 2 Incumbent Kelly Portteus. “Unless I have some competition this fall, I am looking forward to continuing my work with the council and furthering our efforts to make Jasonville a better place. We had a good clean race and my opponent and I spent most of the day together at the polls.”

Portteus said although election day can be very stressful, she enjoyed the day at the polls, watching the population exercise their right to vote.

“It was just good to see people come out and I enjoyed talking to everyone. I feel energized,” she said.

Portteus said she is very grateful for her supporters and their confidence in her.

“I’m very thankful, I’m very grateful and I’m looking forward to doing it again this fall,” she said with a smile.

Jasonville Republican mayoral candidate Larry Watters didn’t spend his evening watching the polls.

When contacted by the Greene County Daily World Tuesday evening, he had yet to hear of his primary win.

“Since it was the Lord who led me to all of this (the race for Jasonville mayor), I figured it was in good hands and I ought to leave it with Him,” Watters said. “I let the Lord lead the way.”

Watters said he and current Jasonville Mayor Roy Terrell are good friends, and the election in the fall will be as friendly as the primaries.

“I just want to see if I can do good things for Jasonville,” he said. “We have amazing natural resources here and I would love to see our city be a place that people don’t just drive through to get somewhere else. We can be a destination spot on our own, that cute little town by Shakamak.”

Watters said Jasonville can be the kind of place people want to come see and when they do, want to stay awhile. He said if elected this fall, he wants people to know they can come talk to him anytime.

“I want to be that guy you can come to with your ideas,” Watters said. “We all love Jasonville, now let’s use that to make it better.”

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