City of Midway Prepare for Elections

By: Jerry Askin Email
By: Jerry Askin Email

UPDATE - April 26, 2011- 11:00pm

There was a low turn out at the polls Today in Midway--but still, the elections went on as planned.

City Manager, Agatha Muse Salters says there is usually over 600 people who vote but this time around 500 came out to pick their next City Council Members.

That's only about 25% of registered voters in the Midway area.

Folk's cast their ballots on electronic machines with no reported glitches.

Isome Francis, a voter says,"With new blood in the office, if they could get some new blood in the office, it would change the whole aspect of this city."

Felisa Lindsey, a voter says."Voting is very important... it's our History."

May 5th the Council Members will vote for the next Mayor of Midway.

Campaign signs are all over the city of Midway as residents prepare for Tuesday's city council elections. And some residents say the politics have gone too far.

Midway resident Isome Francis says, "If you put yourself in a bad predicament, and people cut you up to make you look bad for themselves to look good. Nine times out of ten what goes around comes around."

City council member Delores Madison who is up for re-election says she's one of the candidates being targeted. A campaign flyer going around paid for by council member Jerrod Holton says Madison voted NO to police protection and she used $30,000 of the city money's to travel - all of which Madison says is not true.

Madison says, "My main focus is to serve the citizens of Midway. I'm a strong advocate for the police department. We do have a new police chief coming on board and the allegations about me traveling and spending over $30,000 of the city's money is completely false."

Holton says all of information in the flyer is accurate and he just wants voters to be informed.

The city's mayor held a press conference earlier this month to clarify that another flyer, put out by Holton and others, did not reflect the views of city officials as a whole.

City manager Agatha Salters says, "Campaigns bring out sometime the worst of us and the best of us. And I just ask my staff because whoever God's will, we will have to work with them."

Voters can cast their ballots tomorrow from 7am - 7pm at the Midway City Hall.

There are nine candidates running for city council seats in four districts in Midway. Stay tuned to our website, for election results.

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