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By MARTY FINLEY firstname.lastname@example.org
HARDIN COUNTY — Allan Francis was elected the new president of the the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s Hardin County Branch on Tuesday night, and election officials said the voter turnout proved to be the largest in the branch’s history.
Francis’ victory makes him the first new president since 1999, defeating incumbent President Hortensia Morgan and challenger Aundrea Locke.
Francis received the news of his victory late Tuesday, but the official vote tallies had not been released as of midnight. However, Francis said he was informed that the victory was sizable, which he added was indicative of a desire for a new direction.
Francis built his campaign on the idea of change and diversity, and said he now was ready to rally the organization together to meet that goal.
One of his first orders of business to do that, he said, is to prepare a proper ceremony to honor the outgoing president for her hard work and diligence. He said he wanted the transition to be as honorable and respectable as possible.
“That’s where the healing begins,” he said.
Francis said he also plans to approach the executive committee immediately and ask for its blessing to obtain property for official office buildings. The organization has not had an official organizing unit since its formation. Francis said he already has a place in mind and keys in hand, but wants “concurrence” from the committee.
Voters poured in out of the cold for the entire two hours the polls were open at the Radcliff Chamber of Commerce. Election officials said 170 ballots were cast, but eleven were challenged because they could not be verified, and therefore were not counted. Those ballots were placed in envelopes and separated from the rest of the ballots. One ballot also had two votes cast for the president’s race, so that race was ruled a no count on the ballot.
Francis will take office in January. OTHER RACES
Marty Finley can be reached at (270) 505-1762.