, Corbin, KY

November 7, 2012

Shelton, Tye re-elected, Joe White loses seat

The Times-Tribune

CORBIN — By Jeff Noble, Staff Writer

Two new faces will take a place on the Corbin City Commission come January.

Suzie Razmus and Bruce Hodge will join incumbents Joe Shelton and Ed Tye, after all of them were the top four vote-getters in a field of six candidates in Tuesday’s election.

Incumbent Joe “Butch” White and newcomer Patsy Miller Smith finished fifth and sixth, respectively.

The other incumbent on the commission, Phil Gregory, did not run for re-election.

Razmus, in her first run for public office, was the top vote getter, getting 1,597 votes in the race. Coming in second was incumbent Joe Shelton with 1,464 votes, while newcomer Hodge came in third with 1,222 votes.

Incumbent Tye’s total of 1,150 votes put him in fourth place, while White’s fifth-place total of 1,058 votes was not enough to put him back on the commission. Smith, who also made her first run for elected office, ended up in sixth place with a total of 1,002 votes.

The Corbin total votes come from precincts in both Whitley and Knox counties, and includes absentee ballots.

Razmus not only came in first overall, but was also the top vote-getter on the Whitley County side of town, with 1,382 votes. Shelton was second in Whitley with 1,245, while Hodge picked up 1,046 votes for third place. Tye came in fourth in Whitley County with 987, while White got 894 votes, and Smith pulled 840 votes.

On the Knox County side of Corbin, Shelton picked up the most votes with 219, followed by Razmus with 215, Hodge with 176, White with 164, Tye with 163 and Smith bringing up the rear with 162.

Both Razmus and Tye spoke about their victories in separate phone interviews Tuesday night.

“We’ll I’m just really excited, and ready to get to work. I just want to thank everybody that supported me. It’s been a journey. I’m really looking forward to it,” said Razmus, the owner of Tri-County Cineplex in Corbin and Suzie’s Espresso, a specialty coffee business in Nashville, Tenn.

Tye, who is retired from the United States Air Force, noted, “I’m pleased that the people saw fit to elect me again. I just want to continue the programs we started, see them come to completion, and what else we do depends on the money we have, especially in this economy.”

Both White, a self-employed income tax professional, and Smith, a self-employed broker, commented as well on their campaigns and Tuesday’s results.

“I’m disappointed I didn’t win. I thought I did a good job, and we made some very positive changes in the last two years. Now the new people elected will have to carry that out,” said White.

Smith added, “It was a good time. I met a lot of good people, and it was a good run for my first race. I think it will be fine. I should have started earlier, but I’ll be right here, and I might run in two years.

Calls to Shelton and Hodge were not returned as of late Tuesday night.