JONESVILLE — In his first bid for public office a former high school coach and teacher won a landslide victory in Tuesday’s special election to become the newest member of the Jonesville Town Council.
Results from Tuesday’s special election show that Ronnie Jenkins received 118 votes or more than 80 percent of the 145 ballots cast.
The remaining votes were divided between the other three candidates in the race, including Lou Astes who received 20 votes, former Jonesville Town Councilman Danny Gregory who received 5, and Errol Graham who received 2.
Jonesville Election Commission Chair Harriette Moss said that the commission met Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Jonesville Muncipal Complex to certify the results of Tuesday’s special election. She said there were no changes in the votes totals tabulated Tuesday evening.
The seat Jenkins will take when sworn-in has been vacant since June 12 when Councilman Robert Hill resigned for what he said were family and personal reasons.
Jenkins, who has lived in Jonesville since 1970 and worked as a teacher and coach at Jonesville High School for 37 years, thanked the people of Jonesville for their support of and confidence in him.
“I appreciate the support the people of Jonesville gave me,” Jenkins said. “They know I’ll do the best I can to make Jonesville better.”
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.