Boswell, Rutledge in Aug. 23 Runoff

The Aug. 23 Republican runoff in Lauderdale County
pits political newcomer Kyle Rutledge against a veteran incumbent, District 5 supervisor Ray Boswell.

Boswell had not spoken to the media about his run for re-election until Tuesday, when he appeared on WMOX-AM.

He talked about his stance on the issues and pointed out what he believes are the highlights of his time in office, which stretches back more than 20 years.

Boswell finds himself in the unusual position of facing a runoff opponent.

"I think about, not over 40 to 45 percent of the people actually came and voted," said Boswell. "I've looked over the list and there's lots and lots and lots of people that for some reason did not go to the polls."

Boswell was apparently referring to a list of the number of people voting at the precincts. Circuit Clerk Donna Jill Johnson says there is no list of people who voted.

Boswell has served as District 5 supervisor since 1988, except for one term. He lost in the 1995 election.

People were able to call into the radio station and have Boswell answer their questions. Although he has been a controversial figure during his time in office, he says his goal is simple, to serve the citizens of District 5 to the best of his ability.

Boswell spoke to Newscenter 11 briefly after his radio appearance.

"I just want to thank the people of District 5 for supporting me. They gave me 41 percent of the vote," Boswell said. "I led the ticket by some 400 votes, and I certainly appreciate it. I've worked hard throughout the years for the constituents of District 5. I know I'm not perfect, but I work hard every day to try and make District 5 one of the best supervisors we've ever had. We've accomplished many, many things. Nothing good just happens, you have to make those things happen, and I've tried to do that. Like I said, you do make mistakes. The only ones who don't make mistakes are the ones who don't do anything."

There were four candidates for District 5 supervisor in the Aug. 2 GOP Primary, and no one received at least 50% plus 1 to win it outright.

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