Franklin remains chief with good voter turnout
Sallisaw Police Chief Terry Franklin retained his office, defeating his opponent, Chris Abner, in what was considered a good turnout for a single municipal race. Franklin defeated Abner 829 votes to 553.
The results of the election are expected to be certified today (Friday, Feb. 14), Sequoyah County Election Board Secretary Cindy Osborn said.
“I think it was a great turnout for just two people in one race,” Franklin said. “I feel good about it. I'm glad everyone came out and supported me. I'm blessed to continue to do what I've been doing. I want to thank everyone that came out and supported me. I couldn't have done it without them. We're all here with the same commitment. We'll continue to do our job and move forward.”
Franklin garnered 59.99 percent to Abner's 40.01 percent of the 1,382 ballots cast in the election. According to figures provided by Osborn, there are 4,511 registered voters in the Sallisaw City limits.
The turnout in the election when Franklin was challenged by Sandy Girdner was 1,412 total votes in what was a challenged election. In 2008, when David Bethany ran against Shaloa Edwards, the turnout was 1,877. However, Osborn said Tuesday's turnout was good.
“It was a busy day all day long. We had no complaints about anything,” Osborn said. “The candidates must have been very respectful of one another. There was nothing (complaints) on either side. There were no provisional ballots either. It was a good turnout for one ballot.”
The following is precinct-by-precinct voting:
McKey Fire Department (204) – Franklin, 12; Abner, 3.
Sallisaw First Baptist Church (205) – Franklin, 224; Abner, 162.
Old McKey School (206) – Franklin, 39; Abner, 10.
First Christian Church (301) – Franklin, 247; Abner, 173.
Sallisaw Civic Center (302) – Franklin, 93; Abner, 67.
Agent Mallory-Martin Reception Hall (303) – Franklin, 214; Abner, 138.