One man already has secured a spot on the Brownstown Town Council at the beginning of 2020.
Another one, however, still has another step to earn his seat.
During a town convention Monday night at the Jackson County Courthouse, Timothy Robinson won the Ward 5 race against Colby Carter 89-4, and Gregory Goshorn defeated Terry Fordice 80-20 in the Ward 1 race.
The Jackson County Republican Party conducted the convention in the courthouse lobby. Party Chairwoman Amanda Lowery said 102 voters came to the two-hour convention, and there are 768 registered Republicans in the town. The convention chairman was Brian Wheeler, and Jennifer Isaacs served as secretary.
In the Nov. 5 general election, Robinson will run unopposed, while Goshorn will face Democrat Pamela Fleetwood.
Goshorn currently holds the Ward 1 seat on the five-member council.
“I’ve been on the town board for three years, but I was appointed to the position, so it was my first time running, and it was very humbling to knock on doors and to see people show up and vote for you,” Goshorn said after hearing officials announce the final results Monday night.
He said creating a Facebook page, going door to door handing out fliers and a lot of word of mouth helped him win the convention.
Robinson said he also went door to door and posted about the convention on Facebook.
“I went door to door, reached out. I was probably bugging people too much on social media maybe,” he said, smiling. “But it was really good to see the people that you talked to and that you met show up on such a hot day.”
This was Robinson’s first time running for an office.
“I really wasn’t preparing to run, but within the past month, I knew that someone else put their name in, so it was kind of a last-minute thing,” he said. “It’s going to be new to me. This will be my first stint in anything political, so I’m just going in with open ears and learning and trying to give back to the community.”
Now, Goshorn will prepare for another race in hopes of retaining his seat.
“I think seeing for the first time people coming to vote for me, it gives me a renewed energy that people are resonating with our message and that we need to go out, keep knocking on doors and keep doing the same thing and hope for the same result,” he said.
Republican Sally Lawson, the current president of the Brownstown Town Council and representative of Ward 5, chose to not seek re-election. Republicans Sharon Koch (Ward 2) and Gary Drake (Ward 3) and Democrat Mark Reynolds (Ward 4), all incumbents, will run unopposed.