Voters approve GOP candidates for two council seats

A political newcomer won the Republican nomination for the Seymour District 3 council seat by knocking off the man who has held that seat since 1995 during Tuesday’s municipal primary election.

"I thought it was going to be pretty close and never expected to win by as much as I did," Seth Davidson, 35, said of his win over James Rebber.

Davidson’s margin of victory was 146 votes as he picked up 324 votes or 65.5% of the ballots cast. Rebber, who was seeking a seventh four-year term, received 178 votes or 35.4%.

The Democrats do not have a District 4 candidate at this time for the Nov. 5 general election.

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Voters also elected Chad Hubbard as the Republican nominee for the District 3 council seat. Hubbard, also a political newcomer, eked out a four-vote win over Joshua A. Dailey, 43, who also was a political newcomer.

Hubbard received 93 votes or 51.1%, while Dailey picked up 89 votes or 48.9%. There also is not a Democrat on the ballot for the District 3 seat at this time.

Hubbard said he was surprised at how tight the race wound up being and that showed there probably wasn’t a whole lot of difference between him and Dailey.

"It’s just a matter of talking to people and listening to them and then working on their issues," he said.

Hubbard said he wanted to thank Dailey for running a very good race.

Dailey said he enjoyed campaigning and was satisfied with the outcome.

"I might have put a little bit more effort into it here and there," he said.

Dailey said he might even consider another run for office down the road.

Despite not having an opponent for the general election, Davidson said he plans to do the same thing he did to win the primary.

"I’m going to get out and talk to people and tell them how great this city is," he said. "I did a lot on Facebook and put a lot of signs out. I am super excited and looking forward to November and working on the council."

Democrat John J. Reinhart, who ran unopposed for the District 1 council seat, received 112 votes Tuesday, while Republican Jerry Hackney, who ran unopposed for the District 2 council seat, received 96 votes.

Democrat Joshua L. Ratliff and Republican Drew Storey also ran unopposed for the two at-large council seats. Ratliff received 538 votes, while Storey received 1,271.

The county Democrat and Republican parties have until June 30 to fill ballot vacancies.

Independent or Libertarian candidates also may appear on the general election ballot in the fall.

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City council District 1


John J. Reinhart;112


No candidate filed

City council District 2


No candidate filed


Jerry Hackney;96

City council District 3


No candidate filed


Joshua A. Dailey;89

Chad Hubbard;93

City council District 4


No candidate filed


Seth L. Davidson;324

James W. Rebber;178

City council at-large


Joshua L. Ratliff;538


Drew Storey;1,271