Caudill and Stevens join Gay and Crowley on Danville City Commission

November 03, 2004|LIZ MAPLES

The winners of the Danville City Commission election have all been commissioners before, but they aren't all incumbents. Jamey Gay, Kevin Caudill, Terry Crowley and Alex Stevens were victorious Tuesday, and will take their seats in January.

Incumbents Chester Kavanaugh and Ryan Owens, along with challengers Tom McKune and Gordon Howe, were unsuccessful in their bids for office.

Gay, head athletic trainer at Centre College, had the most votes, 3,753. According to tradition, he would be mayor pro tem. Gay had the most votes in 2002, but commissioners Kavanaugh, Owens and Mayor John W.D. Bowling put Owens in the position.

After the election results had been announced Tuesday, Gay was not himself. His son, Jameson, had been in a car accident in Lexington, and Gay got the phone call at 6 p.m., the time polls closed. His son was OK, but Gay said he was still shaken.


"I appreciate the voters and getting another opportunity to serve," he said.

What was his top priority for the city? He had a laundry list of goals: fix drainage problems, update the comprehensive plan for the city's future growth, expand the drinking water treatment plant and an enhanced city Web site.

Caudill, a real estate appraiser, received the second highest number of votes, 3,256.

9,329 votes cast

The numbers are complete but unofficial from Boyle County Clerk Denise Curtsinger. Danville voters got to choose up to four candidates. Election officials could not determine voter turnout in the citywide race. There were 9,329 votes cast, but the county clerk's office has no count of the eligible voters that live inside the city limits.

This was the first time that Caudill could have run for the office after he served out the unexpired term of his mother, Nancy, who died in office. He was appointed in April 2002 but could not run for the office because the filing deadline had passed.

"I feel relieved that it's over," he said of Tuesday's election.

Caudill's wife and his niece were tallying votes as Sheriff LeeRoy Hardin read them aloud to a packed courthouse.

"I appreciate everyone's support," Caudill said. "I hope I prove worthy."

Incumbent Crowley, an engineer, had the third highest number of votes, 3209, and Stevens, retired educator, 3,108, was fourth.

Stevens served as a commissioner in 1994 and was mayor 1999 -2002.

Stevens narrowly edged out McKune, a retired college administrator and past Danville school board member, by 139 votes. McKune received 2,969 votes.

Incumbent Kavanaugh, a licensed plumber, had 2,200 votes; retiree Howe, 1,595 and incumbent Owens, 1,424.

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