Elk Creek voters pick Sutherland for board

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INDEPENDENCE — Citizens of the Elk Creek District in Grayson County picked Democrat Brenda Sutherland as their new supervisor through a special election on Tuesday, beating two opponents.

Sutherland received 47.5 percent of the vote, ahead of independent Fred Weatherman with 35 percent and Republican Emil Butler with 17.4 percent.

“I am excited about serving the wonderful folks from the Elk Creek District and Grayson County as a whole,” Sutherland told The Gazette on Wednesday.

She said she enjoyed the campaign and meeting new people, though it wasn't easy. “Nothing worthwhile is easy... If it is worthwhile, it is worth working for.”

The Grayson County Board of Supervisors had appointed Chris Morton to serve part of the unexpired term of Ralph Tuggle until a special election could be held. Morton chose not to seek election to the post, leaving the seat open.

Sutherland, 55, will serve one year to complete Tuggle's term. A candidate will be elected to a normal four-year term in November 2009.

She is a 36-year resident of Grayson with 15 years experience in teaching, 12 years in coaching and 17 years in human resources.