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Burgess Wins Primary

Posted by Elwin Green on May 19, 2015 at 11:40 PM

The Rev. Ricky V. Burgess defeated three opponents today to snag the Democratic Party's candidacy for the City's 9th District Council seat, thus virtually guaranteeing his re-election in November.


With 99 percent of precincts reporting as of 10:19 pm, the incumbent had 2,049 votes. His nearest opponent, businessman Andre Young, had 1,226.


Rounding out the ticket, real estate broker and developer Judith K. Ginyard and former 9th District Councilwoman Twanda D. Carlisle had 828 votes and 435 votes, respectively.


The numbers invite discussion, if not outright speculation. For instance, Councilman Burgess won 45 percent of votes cast. That is a sizable plurality, but it is not a majority. As was the case in 2011, the opposition's total - 2,049 votes - would have unseated Councilman Burgess if it had gone to a single candidate; so in that sense, Burgess's win could be attributed to his opposition's failure to unite.


Likewise, it could be said the biggest winner in the election was "No One," because more voters voted for no one than for anyone. According to the County elections website, only 110,827 of the County's 503,688 registered Democrats - or 22 percent - voted at all. The total turnout was even worse: 151,682 of 845,490 eligible voters cast ballots, or 17.94 percent.

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