By the narrowest of margins Wednesday afternoon, the Drew County Democratic Party selected Zack Tucker to be its nominee in the November general election for mayor of Monticello and an upcoming special election to complete the unexpired term of Monticello Mayor Allen Maxwell.
Maxwell died Monday morning.
In an 8-7 vote, cast by secret ballot, Drew County Democratic Central Committee members selected Tucker — whom Maxwell had recently hired as his assistant — over former Monticello Mayor David Anderson, according to Drew County Democratic Party Chairman Delbert Farrar.
Farrar said Anderson initially was not interested in serving four years but was willing to do so. He was also willing to complete Maxwell’s term which expires on December 31, 2014.
Meanwhile, Thomas “Sonny” Thornhill, a former Monticello alderman and U.S. Army veteran who served in Iraq, announced his attentions to seek the office.
“I was waiting, out of respect to announce,” Thornhill wrote on his Facebook page late Wednesday afternoon. “But with the situation developing how it has today, I can not wait any longer to make this statement. So today, I am announcing my candidacy for the Mayor of Monticello.”
Sam Wherry, of Monticello, in an e-mail to Seark Today on Tuesday said he is considering a run for the office.
Presumably, Thornhill and Wherry would file as independents.
The Republican Party has not nominated a candidate for the special election.