Democrats Julie Berry (left) and Bryan Hernandez, candidates for mayor, await results. (Courier staff photo by Elisabeth Moore)
Democrats Julie Berry (left) and Bryan Hernandez, candidates for mayor, await results. (Courier staff photo by Elisabeth Moore)
Voters didn’t have to wait long Tuesday night for results from the 2019 primary votes in Madison and Hanover in an election that had only five contested races.

The final unofficial precinct tallies were posted at 8:19 p.m, less than two-and-a-half hours after the polls closed.

The Jefferson County elections office summary reported a total of 2,447 ballots cast with 1,845 on election day, 130 as paper absentee and 472 as walk-in absentees. There were 9,806 voters registered in the 13 precincts that voted.

Bev Ringwald, who is in charge of voter registration for Jefferson County, said there were 1,618 Republican ballots and 829 Democratic ballots cast in the county voting precincts.

Democrat Julie Berry will face Republican Bob Courtney in November’s Madison mayoral election.

Democrat Darrell Henderson and Republican Patrick Thevenow won their races for a chance at Madison council seats for Districts 5 and 1 respectively.

Kathi Scroggins will be on the fall ballot for re-election to Hanover Town Council’s District 2 seat.

The 24.9 percent turnout in the city primaries “relatively speaking, was a good turnout,” Election Board member Merritt Alcorn said. It was not as high as he would have liked, he said, but was slightly higher than the turnout for the party primaries in 2015.

The members of the election board are the clerk and a member appointed by each political party. Alcorn is the Democratic member. Mindy McGee, who chairs the board, is the Republican member.

On the Republican ballot in the mayor’s race, 973 votes were cast for Courtney, a businessman, former county Republican chair and president of the city’s board of zoning appeals, and 614 for his opponent, Andrew Forrester, Madison’s community relations director.

On the Democratic ballot in the mayor’s race, 629 votes were cast for Berry, a former Jefferson County commissioner and special projects administrator for Madison, and 83 were cast for Bryan Hernandez, a Madison High School senior.

“I am extremely grateful for the support from every single precinct,” said Courtney. “...that I won every precinct is indicative of the effort we put in and of what the people of Madison want in their leadership.... This is a community-wide race; although, I am running on the Republican ticket, and I am grateful for the nomination, I am representing the community.”

Forrester pledged his continued commitment to the city.

“For as long as I have left with the City of Madison, I will continue working hard. I am extremely proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish. No election can take that away,” said Forrester. “I’m going to work hard to button those (projects) up and get everything ready for the next mayor and the next administration.”

“I was a three-term county commissioner, but this was my very first primary election. I had never run in a primary before, so it was interesting,” Berry said. “I would like to commend my opponent, Brian Hernandez. He was a young, energetic campaigner and made me a better candidate. I only have good things to say about him. And I have a couple of young interns. They were tremendous help to me, too.”

Henderson received 87 votes to 30 votes for his opponent, Brody Bennett, in the District 5 council race on the Democratic ballot.

Thevenow received 240 votes on the Republican ballot for the District 1 council seat. Mike Pittman, his opponent, received 206.

In Hanover, Scroggins received 58 votes on the Democratic ballot while her opponent, Cree Green, received 32.

The election board will meet at noon Friday, May 17, in the genealogy room on the second floor of the Courthouse to certify the election results after the provisional ballots are processed.

The primary election day had only a few glitches, County Clerk Tabatha Eblen told the other two Election Board members at their meeting Tuesday after the polls closed. Those glitches included a couple of electronic sign-in sheets that temporarily froze or shut down, she said. Eblen said she will report more to the Election Board at its next meeting.