Hubbard wins GOP District 3 city council nomination

Once the dust settled from Tuesday’s Seymour primary election, at least three races for city council seats were put in place for the Nov. 7 general election.

Incumbent Chad Hubbard won the Republican party’s nod for the District 3 council seat, the only race on the primary ballot besides the Republican mayoral contest. That race was won by Mayor Matt Nicholson, who outpolled challenger Dan Robison 1,020-700.

Hubbard, who defeated challenger Marcus Sewell 157-67, said he was blessed to have run against an honest person in a fair and honest contested race.

“There was zero mudslinging in this race, and I have the utmost respect for Marcus,” he said. “I thought it was going to be closer than it was, but I am pleased.”

Hubbard said he and his campaign team will take a couple of months off and then start off strong with campaigning in September for the fall election.

“Steve Coombs tie wins again,” Hubbard said, referencing an individual who inspired him to run for city council.

Sewell gave his congratulations to Hubbard and said he enjoyed the campaign process.

“It was nice to get out to meet people and meet the other council members,” he said.

Sewell’s mother, Linda Black, was his campaign manager throughout the race, and he said he enjoyed having her along the journey.

“I have the utmost faith in her guidance,” he said.

Sewell said he is unsure if he will run again in the next primary election in four years, but he plans to keep the idea in mind.

“I think we will play it by ear. It just depends where I am at in life when the time comes,” he said.

As it stands now, incumbent District 1 Councilman Matthew Wheeler, a Republican, faces a challenge from political newcomer Andrew “Drew” Davis, who is a Democrat. Wheeler garnered 222 votes Tuesday, and Davis received 17.

The other races on the Nov. 7 ballot involve the two at-large council seats, as there will be two Republicans, incumbent Drew Storey and newcomer Clint Blish, and one Democrat, Tonya Pacey. Independent candidate Tyler Henkle also has filed the paperwork to be on the ballot for an at-large council seat.

Storey received 1,212 votes Tuesday, Blish received 1,062 and Pacey picked up 98.

The Republican ballot for the general election is full. Those candidates and their vote totals from Tuesday are Darrin Boas, clerk-treasurer, 1,423; Jerry Hackney, council District 2, 117; Seth Davidson, council District 4, 452; and Brad Lucas, council District 5, 482.

Democrats have until July 3 to fill ballot vacancies, while independent candidates have until June 30 to file their paperwork with the county clerk’s office at the Jackson County Judicial Center, 109 S. Sugar St., Brownstown.