The runoff for Madison County’s District Three Commission Seat turned into a virtual barn burner Tuesday night, with just 32 votes and one outstanding precinct separating the two candidates.
As of 10 p.m., Eddie Sisk held a 32-vote lead over Joey Parker. The most updated tally showed Sisk with 1,880 votes compared to 1,848 for Parker, prompting Sisk to declare victory.
Both candidates and party officials said the last outstanding precinct was a box containing provisional ballots, but there was a disagreement over how many ballots were in that last box. Parker said there were 75 ballots remaining to be counted, giving him a chance to overtake Sisk. But Madison County Republican Party Chairman John Noel said Parker’s assertion was incorrect. Noel told WHNT News 19 that there were no more than three provisional ballots left to be counted, not enough to change the final outcome.
Joey Parker had not conceded as of late Tuesday, and said he would call for a recount if possible.
The winner of the District 3 runoff moves on to face Democrat Jeff Cooper in the November general election. Outgoing Democratic Commissioner Jerry Craig decided not to run for re-election.
District 3 covers Gurley, New Hope, Owens Cross Roads and parts of south Huntsville, and has been represented by Craig since 1980.
In other Madison County races, Patty Demos beat Amanda Gentle for the Republican nomination for Probate Judge. Demos will face incumbent Tommy Ragland in November.
In the race for District 3 Judge, Chris Messervy beat Linda Coats. Messervy does not face any opposition in November. The current District 3 Judge, Lynn Sherrod, is running for Circuit Judge. Sherrod, a Democrat, faces Republican Chris Comer.