Eddie Carter re-elected as sheriff of Van Buren County

By | August 10, 2018 9:15 am

Sheriff Eddie Carter shares the excitement with his sister, Melissa Ballew, and his niece, Tasha Nolt, after the election results were announced.

By Hansel Moore

On the evening of Aug. 2, a crowd gathered at the Van Buren Administration building. As the hot summer day gave way to a warm evening, more than 150 people filled the parking spaces to be among the first to find out the election results of the day. Some stood on the beds of their trucks, as others gathered among neighbors, families, and friends to get a good view of the illuminated green letters presenting the name of the candidates and number of votes cast.

A noticeable divide was present as if two sports teams were in the final minutes of a competitive event. It was the fourth quarter and time was ticking down on the clock; it would all soon be over. Team Carter donned the uniform of red and white, while Team Evans was decked out in black and gold. Each member had given 100 percent during the competition, and, in just a few moments, the final gun would sound, leaving only one victor.

The anticipation was palpable soon after the hour of 8 p.m., as the shade of the window was raised and the members of the election board tested the visibility of the electronic announcing device. As candidate names and tallies scrolled, the news that everyone had been waiting for was evident. The people of Van Buren County had elected Eddie Carter to remain as sheriff for the next four years. A crowd erupted with an energetic cheer, as they began to embrace and congratulate Carter in the results of his campaign. Within moments of the announcement, Evans displayed his quality of sportsmanship and professionalism as he made his way to shake hands with Carter and verbally congratulate him.

It was a historical night for Van Buren County, as the answer to who will lead the sheriff department in the expanded roles and purpose in the new justice center was answered.

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